Statement by Minister Cannon on Situation in Libya

(No. 72 - February 19, 2011 - 1:40 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning the rapidly deteriorating situation in Libya:

“Canada is monitoring events in Libya very closely. We are deeply concerned about reports of extremely violent attacks on and arrests of peaceful protesters. We regret the loss of life in Libya and call on all parties to refrain from violence.     

“We call on the Libyan government to respect the rights of freedom of expression and assembly and to engage in peaceful dialogue with its people to address legitimate concerns.”

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