Minister Baird Offers Condolences Following Fatal Explosion in the Republic of Congo

March 4, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I offer sincere condolences to the people of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, especially to the families and friends of the dead and injured.

“As details about the number of casualties and extent of damage become clear over the coming days, our thoughts are with those participating in the recovery effort.”

Canadian citizens in the Republic of Congo who may require emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, at 243 996 021 500. Alternatively, they may contact Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling +1 613 996 8885 or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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