Trudeau dis­cusses Mali UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion with Macron, Jean

The Peterborough Examiner - - Canada & World - The Cana­dian Press

PARIS — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau de­fended Canada’s de­ci­sion to take part in the on­go­ing UN peace­keep­ing ef­fort in Mali.

Trudeau made the re­marks Mon­day along­side Em­manuel Macron fol­low­ing a Paris meet­ing with the French pres­i­dent, who has made the African coun­try a pri­or­ity for his gov­ern­ment.

Trudeau said Canada’s new ap­proach to peace­keep­ing — fo­cus­ing on pro­mot­ing roles for women, deal­ing with child sol­diers, con­cen­trat­ing on train­ing and more tar­geted de­ploy­ment of re­sources — suits the mod­ern era, which is de­fined by un­pre­dictable per­ils posed by ter­ror­ism and out­side ac­tors.

Ear­lier Mon­day, for­mer gover­nor gen­eral Michaelle Jean, now the head of the Fran­co­phonie, thanked Trudeau for join­ing the Mali mis­sion, which is reel­ing af­ter a deadly at­tack by Is­lamic mil­i­tants on Sun­day. The at­tack was launched against two bases near Tim­buktu, where mil­i­tants re­port­edly dis­guised as peace­keep­ers set off sev­eral sui­cide bombs and launched rock­ets at in­ter­na­tional forces. One peace­keeper was killed and a dozen oth­ers were hurt.

Canada plans to send six mil­i­tary he­li­copters to Mali later this year.

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