Canada's Secretary of State Guergis to Visit Georgia, Ukraine And Poland

OTTAWA, Canada -- The Honourable Helena Guergis, Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade), will visit Tbilisi, Kiev and Warsaw from August 31 to September 3, 2008, to demonstrate Canada’s solidarity with Georgia and concern for people affected by the recent fighting, as well as to consult with key leaders and partners.

Canada's Secretary of State Helena Guergis

During her visit, she will also have the opportunity to obtain first-hand information on developments on the ground.

“Canada is very troubled by what is happening in Georgia,” said Secretary of State Guergis. “Canada steadfastly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and strongly urges Russia to do the same—by complying fully with the six-point peace plan brokered by President Sarkozy on behalf of the European Union.”

In response to the crisis in Georgia, Canada is providing a total of $3 million to trusted humanitarian agencies that are assisting those affected by the conflict.

Source: Foreign Affairs - Canada

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