Trudeau defends the pace of deployment of peacekeepers in Mali

Trudeau défend le rythme du déploiement des Casques bleus au Mali

OTTAWA — The prime minister Justin Trudeau defends the long steps of her government for the deployment of hundreds of peacekeepers canadians — a decision that is likely to be even more difficult for you to take at least a year of federal elections.

There are more than two years, the liberals have promised to provide up to 600 soldiers for the missions of maintenance of peace in the context of a wider commitment to reinvest in the United Nations.

And the prime minister Justin Trudeau has not made two other promises made to the UN : to provide a military transport to Uganda to help the un troops in Africa, and to enable the deployment of 200 soldiers of the rapid intervention force.

Mr. Trudeau defended himself by saying that Canadians expect the government to evaluate all of the options.

He assured that the liberals continued to ask questions about the best means of complying with their commitment to the UN.

The government must consider the requirements of the United Nations and the contribution that Canada can make to make a difference, he added.

“We’re always looking for how Canada can help otherwise,” he said.

A senior military official has indicated that a Hercules C-130 wizard currently the operations directed by the United States against Daech (armed group islamic State) to Kuwait would be transferred to Uganda about a week per month, from the beginning of the next year.

But any new decision could become more complicated in the months to come as the liberals and their political opponents will be in election mode.

The conservatives have criticized the Trudeau government for the contribution of canadian troops in the maintenance of peace, believing that it is not in the interest of Canada, and that this decision is motivated by the desire of the liberals for a seat on the security Council of the United Nations.

The government is also aware of the risk of putting canadian troops in danger when the voters prepare to vote.

Prime minister Trudeau was asked on Saturday if his government was opposed to the extension of the mission in Mali, because of the risks to the canadian soldiers at election time.

He insisted on the fact that Canada followed the new process of the United Nations in terms of commitments, in which countries offered units or special equipment adapted to the missions of peacekeeping specific needs.

But the final decision on any mission is ultimately to the government.

Jocelyn Coulon, a researcher at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales of the Université de Montréal (CERIUM), believes that the general election is beginning to have an impact on the decisions of the government.

“This will be a factor,” assured Mr. Coulon, a former adviser to the ex-minister of foreign Affairs, Stéphane Dion.

There is no deadline for Canada’s mission in Latvia, he added, stressing that the government had repeatedly extended its missions in Iraq and Ukraine, which suggests that the maintenance of peace has lost interest in the liberals of Justin Trudeau.

“There is obviously no political will to remain in Mali, and this explains the whole”, he concluded.

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