Government of Canada Helps Republic of Korea Clean Up Major Oil Spill



    OTTAWA, Dec. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is providing
assistance to the Republic of Korea following a request on December 23 from
the South Korean government over a recent oil spill on the country's west
coast.
    "Canada is pleased to help our friends in a time of need," said
Environment Minister John Baird. "Environment Canada's experts are some of the
best in the world when it comes to dealing with serious incidents like oil
spills. Canada is ready and willing to work with our international partners
like the United Nations to contain this environmental emergency."
    "Canada and South Korea have enjoyed more than forty years of strong,
mutually beneficial relations," said Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign
Affairs. "Canada is ready to assist South Korea with this challenge."
    Canada has already deployed emergency officers from Environment Canada
and a member of the Canadian Coast Guard. These Canadian experts will provide
training to the Korean team working on the oil spill clean up, as well as
helping to coordinate clean-up efforts.
    The Canadians will work as part of an international environmental
assessment team coordinated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA).
    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008


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