UN thanks Canada for peace­keep­ing sup­port

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

OTTAWA — Two se­nior UN of­fi­cials are thank­ing Canada for its com­mit­ment to peace­keep­ing, even though the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has yet to pick a mis­sion. Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Atul Khare made the com­ments at a news con­fer­ence with De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Sa­j­jan at UN head­quar­ters in New York. The three were mark­ing the In­ter­na­tional Day of the UN Peace­keeper, which is ded­i­cated to the more than 3,500 blue-hel­meted sol­diers killed in the line of duty since 1948. Sa­j­jan was ex­pected to face pointed ques­tions over what some have de­scribed as the gov­ern­ment’s foot-drag­ging when it comes to de­cid­ing where to send up to 600 Cana­dian peace­keep­ers.

But while Lacroix at one point said the UN was looked for­ward to a de­ci­sion, both he and Khare praised Canada’s long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to the peace­keep­ing cause. Sa­j­jan re­fused to pro­vide a time­line for when the gov­ern­ment would make a de­ci­sion on a mis­sion, but in­sisted that Cana­di­ans want the coun­try to con­tinue to en­gage in peace­keep­ing.

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