The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday spoke with his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi.
Minister Garneau first offered his sincere condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the recent floods and earthquake in Indonesia. He affirmed that Canada stands with the people of Indonesia in this trying time.
The two Ministers also addressed the ongoing crisis in Myanmar. Minister Garneau reaffirmed Canada’s unwavering determination to support the people of Myanmar in their bid to restore democracy. Both Ministers reiterated their condemnation of the military’s continued and deadly crackdown against protestors, which has claimed the lives of more than 700 people. Minister Garneau outlined the Canadian sanctions against the leadership of the Tatmadaw responsible for gross violations of human rights and horrific violence and reconfirmed Canada’s readiness to impose further measures should the Tatmadaw fail to change course.
Minister Marsudi thanked Canada for its action during this crisis and presented Indonesia’s efforts in advocating for the meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders to address the situation in Myanmar, which will take place on April 24 in Jakarta. Minister Garneau highlighted the importance of this meeting that will aim at finding a peaceful resolution to this crisis, and expressed Canada’s readiness to support ASEAN efforts towards peace and security and restoration of democracy as requested by the people of Myanmar.
In closing, Minister Garneau reiterated that Canada will continue to work with ASEAN members and other international partners to ensure collective responses to the situation in Myanmar and support the rights and legitimate democratic aspirations of the people of Myanmar.