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In Congratulatory Message, Canada Says it is Libya's Partner.

In a congratulatory statement on behalf of his country on the first anniversary of Libya's February 17 pro-democracy uprising,Canada's foreign affairs minister John Baird said Libya has a partner in Canada, as the country continues to make strides to provide greater opportunities for its people.

He went on to say: "In just one year, the Libyan people have realised a dramatic transformation in their country. Although there is much work to be done, Libyans have laid the foundation to build a more inclusive, open and democratic society."

"The upcoming elections, expected in June, will provide a historic opportunity to continue that work. The courage and sacrifice of the Libyan people secured a better and brighter future for themselves and their fellow citizens. They turned the page on a brutal, repressive dictator who ruled their country and tormented the Libyan people for over 40 years," Mr Baird added:

"Canada is proud to have played a leading role in the UN-sanctioned NATO mission that helped protect civilians during the liberation of Libya," Mr Baird said.

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Publication:The Tripoli Post (Tripoli, Libya)
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Date:Feb 20, 2012
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