OTTAWA, Oct. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the United Nations General Assembly plenary meeting on Syria today:
"Canada is taking a stand at the United Nations General Assembly today to protect vulnerable Syrians and help find a solution to the conflict engulfing that country.
"With the support of 70 other UN countries, Canada is applying as much diplomatic pressure as possible on the UN Security Council to break their impasse on Syria.
"On behalf of the government, Minister Dion called today for an immediate cessation of hostilities, the provision of unhindered humanitarian access to the victims of the conflict – including children and women – and the resumption of political talks.
"I am very proud that our mission at the United Nations, spearheaded by Ambassador Marc-André Blanchard, is leading the charge to protect the many victims of this tragic conflict.
"I encourage other countries to help generate forward momentum on Syria, given UN members have a collective responsibility to protect the world's vulnerable and weak when others cannot or will not."
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