Canada stalled on UN Mali mis­sion be­cause of Trump

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

OTTAWA — The Cana­dian Press has learned that Canada may have missed a chance to pro­vide the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for the United Na­tions peace­keep­ing mis­sion in Mali be­cause it wanted to talk first to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. The UN put out re­quests to a hand­ful of top-tier coun­tries in mid-De­cem­ber as the term of the mis­sion’s pre­vi­ous com­man­der, Dan­ish Maj.-Gen. Michael Lolles­gaard, was com­ing to an end. But sources say the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment asked the UN to hold off on a de­ci­sion un­til af­ter the gov­ern­ment had a chance to con­sult the new Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion on Canada’s fu­ture peace­keep­ing plans. De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Sa­j­jan said last month he wanted to talk to his Amer­i­can coun­ter­part, De­fence Sec­re­tary James Mat­tis, be­fore Canada sent peace­keep­ers to Africa be­cause, co-or­di­na­tion with the U.S. is es­sen­tial. His of­fice said to­day Canada is still con­sid­er­ing its op­tions. Mali is con­sid­ered the most dan­ger­ous UN mis­sion, with more than 100 peace­keep­ers killed over the past four years.

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