Friday, December 16, 2011

Baird tells Canadians in Syria to 'leave now'

Canadians in Syria are being told to get out now by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who announced a voluntary evacuation on Thursday.

Baird's warning came as the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting to consider a draft resolution on Syria.

Baird's department has been urging Canadians to leave the Middle Eastern nation since October and has now stepped up that encouragement as well as expanded its consular services to help speed up Canadians' departure from the volatile country.

"The time to leave Syria is now," Baird said at a news conference in Ottawa.

There are thought to be about 5,000 Canadians in the Middle East country that has been experiencing ongoing violence since an uprising against President Bashar Assad began this spring. Read More