Statement on First Anniversary of Libyan Revolution

February 16, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada congratulates the people of Libya on the first anniversary of the February 17 pro-democracy uprising.

“In just one year, the Libyan people have realized a dramatic transformation in their country. Although there is much work to be done, Libyans have laid the foundation to build a more inclusive, open and democratic society.

“The upcoming elections, expected in June, will provide a historic opportunity to continue that work.

“The courage and sacrifice of the Libyan people secured a better and brighter future for themselves and their fellow citizens. They turned the page on a brutal, repressive dictator who ruled their country and tormented the Libyan people for over 40 years.

“Canada is proud to have played a leading role in the UN-sanctioned NATO mission that helped protect civilians during the liberation of Libya.

“Libya has a partner in Canada, as the country continues to make strides to provide greater opportunities for its people.”

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