Canada Expresses Concern over Unrest in Ecuador

(No. 318 - September 30, 2010 - 9:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement on the developing situation in Ecuador:

“Canada is concerned about the growing unrest in Ecuador and is monitoring the situation closely. We call on all parties to refrain from violence and any other actions that could imperil the rule of law and the country’s democratic institutions. We also urge a return to calm and encourage a swift, peaceful resolution to the civil strife.

“Canada co-sponsored a resolution today at the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States reiterating our support for the democratically elected government of the Republic of Ecuador.

“At this time we are not aware that any Canadians have been affected, but consular officials are monitoring the situation and will provide assistance to Canadians as needed.

“We invite Canadians in the affected areas to call home and reassure their loved ones, even if they have not been impacted by the unrest.”

Canadian citizens in Ecuador requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada in Quito at 593 (2) 245-5499, or call DFAIT’s Emergency Operations Centre in Ottawa collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

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