Trudeau government's grab bag plan for peacekeeping appears to have UN backing

Trudeau government's grab bag plan for peacekeeping appears to have UN backing
From Global News - November 14, 2017

VANCOUVERThe UN is sending early signals that it approves of Canadas forthcoming plans for peacekeeping, which are expected to involve several smaller contributions rather than a single specific mission that gets all of the governments available resources.

The Trudeau government is poised to finally open the curtainsat least partlyWednesday on what sort of military personnel and equipment it is willing to offer to help with the UNs peacekeeping efforts.

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The long-awaited decision comes more than a year after the Liberals first promised to make up to 600 Canadian troops and 150 police officers available to the UN, and as Canada plays host to a major peacekeeping summit in Vancouver.

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Sources have said that rather than focusing on one mission, Canada is offering the UN a veritable grab bag of goodies in the form of helicopters, trainers and other assets for a variety of different missions.

While such an approach might seem scattershot, its actually preferable when it comes to developed countries like Canada, the UNs undersecretary general for field support told The Canadian Press in an interview.

Thats 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.

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It is precisely in these high-technology areasengineers, hospitals and doctors, strategic airlift and tactical airliftthat developed countries have the largest contribution to make simply because they have the capacity, Khare said.

And I do see a great advantage of distributing that capacity because through distribution of that capacity, the gaps are better filled globally.


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