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Trudeau says peacekeeping plan will please United Nations, despite no mission commitment

15 Novembre 2017

That's because many missions are short on the type of high-end equipment and personnel that Canada can offer, said Atul Khare, who oversees the day-to-day operations of peacekeeping missions in the field. "However we're awaiting the Canadian federal government to release any decision".

VANCOUVER-The UN is sending early signals that it approves of Canada's forthcoming plans for peacekeeping, which are expected to involve several smaller contributions rather than a single specific mission that gets all of the government's available resources.

"It's work still in progress", Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the under-secretary general with peacekeeping procedures, claimed Monday within an interview with Canadian Media.

"I'm very pleased to say that [what] we will be fully in line not just with Canadian values and Canadians' desire to see our country have a maximum positive impact around the world, but fully in line with the UN and indeed, the world, has expressed its need and interest in", Trudeau told reporters in Manila on Tuesday at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

"Make no mistake", Trudeau continued, "Canadians expect Canada to have a strong and positive contribution that makes a real difference and the world expects Canada to make a significant contribution that makes a difference".

Despite not having a pin on a map, Lacroix said he was "encouraged" there is finally some movement after more than a year of delays and silence from Canada.

It is possible that Canada may make a series of small contributions to several United Nations missions such as providing transport planes and helicopters and to train other United Nations peacekeepers.

"Things will be moving, and it's not necessarily aggravating, it's instead motivating", he was quoted saying. "It's rather encouraging", he said.

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Khare would not talk about Canada's offer, but he did say such discussions between the United Nations and contributing countries are commonplace as both sides work to ensure promised troops and equipment are used to the best effect.

They included a C-130J Hercules transport operating out of the UN's logistics hub in Entebbe, Uganda.

There was a separate proposal to train peacekeepers in specific threats, such as countering roadside bombs and booby traps.

Lacroix would not comment on the government's offers, but did say discussions on "when and how and where these potential contributions would be used and where they would make a difference, that's where we are".

Representatives from 80 countries will be at the peacekeeping summit in B.C on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Trudeau is scheduled to appear at the meeting Wednesday with Lacroix as well as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Canada is also reportedly ready to provide a rapid-reaction force in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria; contribute to the UN's new police mission in Haiti; and send trainers to help other countries become better at peacekeeping.

Trudeau says peacekeeping plan will please United Nations, despite no mission commitment