World Bulletin / News Desk
Canada will boost its support for UN peacekeeping missions by mobilizing a rapid response force of 200 soldiers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.
"The conflicts we face today are intractable, dangerous, more complex," Trudeau told a UN peacekeeping conference in Vancouver.
"Modern peace operations take place in a context that transcends borders and includes a challenging range of actors -- fragile and failing states, militia groups, nonstate actors, organized criminals, and now of course, terrorists as well," he said.
"Given that reality, we need to try new things."
Trudeau's initial pledge of up to 600 troops for UN peacekeeping operations was welcomed as a recommitment to multilateralism, after his predecessor Stephen Harper sought distance from the United Nations during his decade in office.
His government, however, delayed the deployment of troops while officials considered how to not just keep the peace, but rather how to bring an end to specific conflicts.
The Canadian "quick reaction force" will include 200 troops backed by tactical helicopters and Hercules transport aircraft, for up to 12 months.
Some 150 police officers will also be available for deployment -- 65 are already deployed in Colombia, Haiti, Ukraine and the West Bank.
As an initial step, Canada will send a Hercules aircraft to the UN regional support center in Entebbe, Uganda, which backs UN operations throughout Africa.
Other specific missions will be announced in six to nine months, officials said, adding that the actual number of soldiers and police deployed may be ramped up, as needed.Last Mod: 15 Kasım 2017, 23:41