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Canadian Foreign Minister Spattered with Paint During Briefing on Haiti

Canada's foreign minister was splattered with red paint by a protester Friday while speaking at a Montreal news conference about the situation in Haiti.

Pierre Pettigrew left the conference briefly to change clothes as security guards led the protester out of the room.

The incident took place as Canadian and Haitian ministers, officials from donor countries, and the special U.N. representative for Haiti were meeting to discuss progress in the Caribbean nation as it prepares for elections later this year.

Canada is urging the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti to intervene more directly in the internal political process.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.