Baird Concerned by Worsening Situation in Mali

July 7, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is deeply concerned by the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Mali, a country facing a political, security and humanitarian crisis. The return of democracy and territorial integrity remains our utmost priority.

“Canada also strongly condemns the deliberate destruction of the UNESCO world heritage sites in the ancient city of Timbuktu, an aggressive act of intolerance of the cultural treasures for which Mali has long been recognized.

“Canada applauds the July 5, 2012 passage of the first United Nations Security Council resolution, which establishes guidelines for a political solution to the crisis in Mali. This resolution will allow the important issues to be addressed, including the restoration of constitutional order, territorial integrity, security assistance of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the fight against terrorism, and the support of the United Nations in mediation efforts.

“Canada stands ready with its international partners to assist the ECOWAS and the African Union in their efforts to resolve the crisis in Mali.”

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