Canada Condemns Bombing in Jerusalem

(No. 119 - March 23, 2011 - 5:40 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the bomb explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem:

"Canada strongly condemns this criminal act of terror against the Israeli people. Terrorism must be rejected as a means of achieving political ends. A comprehensive, just and lasting peace can only be reached through negotiations.

"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and with the people of Israel. These heinous acts of terror must not be tolerated. Those behind this criminal act must be held accountable.

"We urge Israelis and Palestinians to return to peace negotiations as quickly as possible to stop the escalation of violence and bring hope to their peoples. If asked, Canada stands ready to assist the parties in any way they would find helpful."

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