We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union condemn in the strongest terms the unprecedented action by the Belarusian authorities in arresting independent journalist, Raman Pratasevich and his companion, Sofia Sopega, after forcing Flight FR4978 on which they were travelling to land in Minsk on 23 May.
“Canada joins the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and members of the international community in strongly condemning the arrest and detention by the Malian military of President Bah Ndaw, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and members of the government. Canada calls for their immediate release and a return to the civilian-led transition process to establish democratic stability...
“Canada strongly condemns the forced diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 under false pretenses and the subsequent arrest of journalist Roman Protasevich by Belarus. This reckless, brazen act by the Belarusian regime jeopardized the safety of passengers and constitutes serious interference in the fundamental principles and international rules that ensure civil aviation safety around the world.
The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement regarding the second administrative review by the U.S. Department of Commerce of its anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on certain softwood lumber products from Canada
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“Seventy-seven years ago, Crimean Tatars were forcibly deported by Soviet authorities from the Crimean Peninsula. The suffering of the Tatars, including hundreds of thousands of men, women and children who were displaced from their ancestral homeland, serves as a sombre, yet powerful, reminder of the injustice that continues to this day.
We, the participating States of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, stand together to preserve the international standards and norms against the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement: “Canada continues to support efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and is deeply committed to addressing its grave humanitarian consequences. Building on Canada’s support provided in the immediate aftermath of the fighting in 2020, we are announcing an additional $1 million to support the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the
Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and
International Trade, today issued the following statement: “As a significant investment partner of the Kyrgyz Republic, Canada is very concerned about continued developments in the mining sector. We are disappointed with the decision taken at the extraordinary session of the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic on May 17 to move forward with the imposition of external management on the Kumtor Gold Company, and statements made during the parliamentary session that Kyrgyz control will be sought over a publically traded Canadian-based company with multiple international assets. This will potentially have far-reaching consequences on foreign direct investment in the Kyrgyz Republic.