OTTAWA, Canada, October 6, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement:
“Canada strongly condemns the killing of nine peacekeeping officers in an ambush earlier today in Mali.
“The victims, who came from Niger, were part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, which has sought to bring peace and stability to a country that has been torn apart by despicable acts of terrorism.
“On behalf of all Canadians, we extend our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims of this cowardly attack.
“Canada continues to support the ongoing negotiations in Algiers, which aim to reach a peace agreement between the Malian government and northern rebel groups.''