No. 184 - June 28, 2009 (11:00 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement on the situation in Honduras:
“Canada condemns the coup d'état that took place over the weekend in Honduras, and calls on all parties to show restraint and to seek a peaceful resolution to the present political crisis, which respects democratic norms and the rule of law, including the Honduran Constitution.
“Democratic governance is a central pillar of Canada’s enhanced engagement in the Americas, and we are seriously concerned by what has transpired in Honduras.
“We will continue to closely follow developments on the ground. Through our mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), we are also working with hemispheric partners to determine what role the organization can play to help defuse the situation.
“The Government of Canada encourages Canadians in Honduras to exercise prudence, and for Canadians considering travel to the country to consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s travel report, which will be kept updated.”
Canadians in Honduras are encouraged to avoid areas of possible confrontation and to register online with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at www.voyage.gc.ca.
Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian office in Tegucigalpa at (504) 232-4551 or the Canadian embassy in San José, Costa Rica at (506) 2242-4400. Canadians can also call DFAIT’s Emergency Operations Centre by calling collect to 613-996-8885 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
The travel report for Honduras has been updated and a travel warning against non-essential travel to the capital has been added.
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