Baird Warns of Growing Violence in Iraq

June 16, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms the most recent attack on civilians at Camp Liberty. We call on the Government of Iraq to take urgent steps to improve security for this vulnerable population, investigate the terrorism behind this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Canada supports international efforts to strengthen the security at Camp Liberty and urges patience until residents can be relocated.

“Canada is deeply concerned by the growing intensity of sectarian attacks in recent weeks. In an increasingly fragile region, Iraq’s future is threatened by the deteriorating situation in Syria and the aggressive ambitions of Iran.

“I am confident that Iraq's leaders—and the Iraqi people—will prevail against the threat of sectarian conflict.”

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