Canada Calls for Peaceful Dialogue in Venezuela

February 18, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement regarding the situation in Venezuela:

“Canada reinforces the appeal for calm from both the government and political leaders.

“While we are heartened by efforts to avoid confrontations during today’s rallies, we urge all parties and their supporters to refrain from further violence.

“Canada is saddened by the deaths of a number of people during the course of recent protests in Venezuela.

“The events of the past week demonstrate, once again, the importance of all parties entering into a respectful, fulsome dialogue, respecting the right to freedom of expression and ensuring the security of all citizens. Canada believes that respect for the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are fundamental to a successful democracy.

“The voices of all citizens must be included in decision-making processes to ensure a stable and constructive dialogue.”

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