“On April 8, the Investigation and Identification Team of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] released its first report. In the report, the team identifies the Syrian Arab Air Force as the perpetrator of several chemical weapon attacks carried out in Syria in March 2017. The overwhelming majority of victims of these attacks were civilians.”
“Canada fully supports the UN Secretary-General’s appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to put armed conflict on lockdown, to protect the most vulnerable and to focus our efforts together in the fight against this virus. We are proud to have led 58 countries in supporting the Secretary-General’s appeal, and we encourage all countries to do the same.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and his Jamaican counterpart, Kamina Johnson Smith, will co-preside an extraordinary meeting of the United Nations Group of Friends of Sustainable Development Goals Financing today via video conference.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, today issued the following statement: “Canadians expect that the contracts negotiated by their government on their behalf are in line with their values and Canadian law.
They discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical need to keep supply chains open and intact during this ongoing crisis in order to ensure the cross-border flow of essential goods, notably medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
We are concerned about the risk of discrimination, excessive use of force and violations of fundamental rights and freedoms that have already occurred in some countries during the implementation of lockdowns and mandatory isolation. While the need to protect public health is vital, it is imperative to ensure that these measures are not used to undermine the fundamental civil liberties and human rights of all people.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today organized a fifth call with his counterparts from countries affected by COVID-19, including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom.