Baird Concerned by Mali Developments

December 11, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is deeply concerned by the recent developments in Mali.

“Canada wishes to see Mali take steps toward a return to constitutional rule; the events of the last hours are a step backward and deeply troubling.

“Free and fair presidential elections and a resolution of the major security challenges in the country’s north are essential to re-establish stability.

“Canada supports international efforts to preserve Mali’s territorial integrity and combat extremism, but our suspension of bilateral aid will continue given the events of today.”

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was to travel to Bamako this week but, due to recent events, will no longer be making the trip.

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