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Cablegate: Mgin01: Canada On Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

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SUBJECT: MGIN01: CANADA ON MUMBAI TERRORIST ATTACKS

1. (U) Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon on
November 28 confirmed that one Canadian had died and two
others had been injured (one of whom remains in intensive
care but is in stable condition) as a result of the terrorist
attacks in Mumbai, while Canadian consular officials had been
able to account for the safety of 17 other Canadians known to
be in the "unsafe hotels." On November 27, he had issued a
statement confirming that he had spoken that morning with the
Indian Foreign Minister and, "on behalf of the people of
Canada, relayed my sincere condolences for those injured and
killed in these barbaric attacks." He confirmed that "Canada
stands united with India to combat all forms of terrorism.
These attacks have strengthened our resolve to work together
for the mutual security and prosperity of our people. Again,
Canada strongly condemns these despicable acts of violence,
which targeted innocent civilians." On November 26, he had
issued a statement in which he noted that "Canada strongly
condemns the savage terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which have
left hundreds of innocent civilians injured or killed. These
cowardly attacks are truly appalling." He confirmed that
"Canada stands firmly united with the Government of India in
condemning these despicable acts of violence. Canada and
India share a commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights
and the rule of law. Among our mutual priorities is close
cooperation to promote international security and to fight
terrorism."

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2. (U) Separately, in the House of Commons' Question Period
on November 27, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in response to
a question from Leader of the Official Opposition Stephane
Dion, emphasized that "we join the entire world in expressing
our outrage against this kind of unforgivable hatred,
brutality and violence, and we will always stand with our
friends in the democratic world against this." He extended
Canada's sympathies "to anyone from any country and their
families who have been affected by loss of life or injury in
this terrible tragedy."

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