Canada Commends Turkey’s Vigilance

October 12, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada has been actively urging Syria’s neighbours to stop allowing arms and other tools of war to reach Assad in his bloody struggle to cling to power.

“We commend Turkey on successfully stopping one such shipment. These efforts will help limit the Assad regime’s ability to kill civilians in Syria.

“Canada continues to call for an immediate end to the bloodshed in Syria.

“We continue to urge the UN Security Council to implement binding economic sanctions and an arms embargo against Syria. All countries must bring pressure to bear on Syria for Assad to go.”

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