Minister Baird Makes Statement on Burma’s By-elections

April 2, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the by-elections in Burma:

“I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi for her party’s principled campaign and strong showing in the by-elections.

“This honorary Canadian citizen continues to make Canadians and all freedom-loving people around the world extremely proud of her role in writing a new chapter in Burma’s history.

“I am pleased that early reports indicate voting was conducted without violence or overt intimidation.

“It is exciting to witness the road to democracy that Burma appears to be taking and I strongly encourage its officials to continue down this path.

“Canada is ready and willing to play a leading role in helping to build a better future for Burma, one that will provide greater respect for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law for all.”

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