Canada condemns assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto

    OTTAWA, Dec. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement condemning the
assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto:
    "Canada condemns in the strongest terms this attack on the restoration of
Pakistan's efforts to return to full democracy. Today's violence is especially
heinous in view of the upcoming elections on January 8, 2008. The
anti-democratic intent of the perpetrators could not be more obvious.
    "I urge the Government and people of Pakistan to continue to reject all
forms of violence and to resist those who seek to destabilize their country.
Stability in Pakistan is vital for regional stability and security.
    "We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Benazir Bhutto, to
the families of the other victims of today's attack, and to the Pakistani
people. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

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For further information: media representatives may contact: Foreign
Affairs Media Relations Office, Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Canada, (613) 995-1874;

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