June 22, 2009 (4:50 p.m. EDT)
No. 172

Parliamentary Secretary Obhrai to Represent Canada at a Meeting in Washington on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will participate in a high-level meeting in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 2009, on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This agreement, signed January 9, 2005, ended two decades of civil war in southern Sudan between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

The Canadian delegation will be headed by Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and will consist of officials from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada as well as the Canadian International Development Agency.

“The Comprehensive Peace Agreement is the cornerstone of the efforts to establish a lasting peace throughout Sudan,” said Minister Cannon. “Because Canada remains deeply concerned about respect for human rights, humanitarian access and security in Sudan, I am pleased to announce Canada’s participation in the Washington meeting.

“Canada continues to call on all parties to negotiate in a spirit of compromise to foster ongoing dialogue and reconciliation. While Canada strongly supports the parties in the implementation of the CPA, it also calls on the signatories to deliver credible, transparent and effective governance, which will give the Sudanese population the desire to make the government of national unity work.”

Since 2006, Canada has contributed more than $604 million to support peace and advance humanitarian objectives in Sudan.

Canada’s Engagement in Sudan

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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