Baird Condemns Coup in Guinea-Bissau

April 13, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns the recent military coup in Guinea-Bissau. The perpetrators of this coup must immediately withdraw and allow the democratic process to continue.

“I am concerned that many senior figures from the Government of Guinea-Bissau, including the interim president, have been arrested. Canada calls for their immediate release.

“The people of Guinea-Bissau deserve their democratic voices to be heard, the rule of law to be obeyed, and differences resolved by dialogue, not force.”

Guinea-Bissau was scheduled to complete the second round of presidential elections on April 29, 2012.

The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), added:

“Canadian citizens in Guinea-Bissau who require emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada to Senegal in Dakar at +221 33 889 4700. Alternatively, they can call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect, at 613-996-8885, or send an email to”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Follow us on Twitter: @DFAIT_MAECI