Canada Condemns Attack in South Sudan

December 20, 2013 - The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms the killing of peacekeepers and other personnel serving with the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan and the targeting of civilians seeking refuge from violence at UN bases. We are deeply concerned by the reports of ethnically targeted violence. Canada calls for the perpetrators of these crimes to be identified and brought to justice.

“Canada also calls for an immediate stop to the fighting in South Sudan and expresses strong support for the efforts of the UN mission and the African Union to help the parties resolve the current conflict through dialogue.”

The Government of Canada advises against all travel to South Sudan, including to the border areas and Juba, due to the present high level of armed conflict and violent crime.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) has authorized the departure of all non-essential staff and their dependants from South Sudan for security reasons and urges all Canadians to leave by commercial flights. The ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance in South Sudan, particularly outside of Juba, is extremely limited.

Canadian citizens in South Sudan requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Office of the Embassy of Canada in Juba at 211 920-520-387 or the High Commission of Canada in Nairobi, Kenya, at +254-20-366-3000. Canadians may also contact DFATD’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available). They may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Canada will continue to monitor the situation.

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