December 4, 2013 – Following ongoing reports of violence in the Central African Republic, including a United Nations report today of an attack on civilians near the capital Bangui, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Canada is very concerned by the recent acts of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). We call for an immediate end to the violence against civilian populations of all faiths and on humanitarian workers active in the country.
“Canada strongly condemns those fuelling tensions between communities that have lived in peace with one another in the past. Freedom of religion is a basic right for everyone and is a priority of the Government of Canada.