Minister Cannon Condemns Ongoing Violence in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria

(No. 113 - March 21, 2011 - 5 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning the situations in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria:

"Canada vigorously condemns the increasingly frequent and violent attacks on demonstrators in Yemen. We urge the Yemeni authorities to immediately take measures to prevent any further violence against civilians.

"Canada is also deeply concerned by the recent actions taken by the Government of Bahrain in response to protests in that country. We urge the authorities to promptly restore an environment favourable to open dialogue among all Bahraini stakeholders. Canada condemns reported human rights abuses against the Bahraini population and violations of international humanitarian law.

"Canada deplores the multiple deaths and injuries following protests in several Syrian cities over the weekend. We urge the Government of Syria to respect the fundamental human rights of its people and to immediately stop using force against peaceful demonstrators.

"Canadians are urged to read Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s travel reports for Yemen, Bahrain and Syria as well as to visit the Security Situation in the Middle East and North Africa page for travel advice applicable to the region."

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