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Trudeau says peacekeeping plan will please UN, despite no specific mission commitment

Trudeau says peacekeeping plan will please UN, despite no specific mission commitment
From CBC - November 14, 2017

As a two-day summit on peacekeeping kicks off in Vancouver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is still teasing out Canada's long-awaited announcement, saying only that Canada's plan would satisfy both the UN and "Canadian values."

As CBC reported last week, multiple sources say Canada is ready to offer the United Nations a list of high-end equipment and troops who could train peacekeepers from other countries for dangerous deployments.

But the pledge, expected to be made Wednesday at an international gathering of defence ministers in Vancouver, does not involve a long-awaited commitment to a specific mission, nor will it see large-scale boots on the ground, say the sources.

The Liberal government vowedover a year ago to deliver up to 600 troops and 150 police officers to UN-mandated peace operations.

"I am very pleased to say that [what] we will be announcing ... is 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.

"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."

Trudeau added that the world has "long been waiting to see Canada once again step up in the way we did all those years ago when Lester Pearson contributed to the creation of the UN peacekeeping force around the Suez Canal crisis."

The UN has pitched Canada on a number of specific missions, including the dangerous deployment in Mali and several smaller ventures in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

All of them have been turned down, much to the frustration of European allies, such as Germany, France and the Netherlands, which have been involved in missions in that region.

'A work in progress'

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the undersecretary general for peacekeeping operations, told The Canadian Press on Monday that they are still waiting on a final decision from Trudeau's Liberals.

"It looks like there are a number of avenues that have been explored quite thoroughly. But we are waiting for the Canadian government to come up with a final decision," said Lacroix, who is responsible for managing all peacekeeping operations.

Trudeau's announcement coming Wednesday

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