(No. 380 - December 16, 2011 - 4:40 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Like all Canadians, I was appalled to hear of the burning and the defacing of the mosque at Burqa. It is entirely without justification and an abhorrent affront to the sanctity of places of worship.
“Such attacks undermine the inalienable right of all people to practise faith freely, in peace and security.
“We hope those responsible will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
“Canada hopes all in the region will work toward peace and security—in the coming holy days and year-round.”
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