Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on recent developments in Libya

Ottawa, Ontario
21 February 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the recent developments in Libya:

“We find the actions of the government, firing upon its own citizens, to be outrageous and unacceptable and we call on the government to cease this violence immediately.

“Canada urges Libyan forces to respect the human rights of demonstrators, including their right to freedom of expression and assembly. We encourage the government of Libya to engage in peaceful dialogue with its people, towards political and economic reform.

“On behalf of our Government, I would like to express my condolences to the families of those who have been killed during the demonstrations.”