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Baird Condemns Spike in Sectarian Violence in Iraq

May 21, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“I have grown increasingly concerned in recent days as a spate of deadly sectarian violence has rocked cities and towns throughout Iraq.

“Today, we learned that a Canadian is among the many victims. Consular officials are in touch with that person’s family and are offering assistance.

“The security situation in Iraq has been fragile for many years. But the type of violence we have seen increase in recent days is particularly troubling and risks returning the country to a sectarian civil war.

“We will be monitoring the situation very carefully and urging Iraqi authorities to do all they can to increase security in the face of this most recent violence, some of which appears to be inspired by outside forces.”

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