Canada tells UN it will send peacekeepers to Mali, a military source says

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Read: 986     13:39     17 March 2018    

During a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver in November, the Liberal government announced it would provide the UN with six helicopters, two transport aircraft, pilots and support crew, and a 200-strong force.


The Canadian Armed Forces will be sending peacekeeping troops to Mali, according to military sources.

An official announcement on the deployment is expected as early as Monday next week, CTV News reported Friday evening.

The Liberal government last year had pledged upwards of 600 soldiers and 150 police officers for a UN peace mission that it said would likely be deployed in Africa.

At the time the French government, under president François Hollande, was pressing hard for Canada to send its soldiers into Mali.

During a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver in November, the Trudeau government announced it would provide the UN with six helicopters, two transport aircraft, pilots and support crew, and a 200-strong force.
It remains to be seen how many Canadian troops — including medical teams — will be sent and where exactly they will be stationed. Military sources, however, have suggested that the deployment will be centred on a helicopter task force and support crew.

Mali has been plagued by an Islamist insurgency since 2012, leading to an unknown number of civilian deaths and displacement of residents, especially in the country’s north.

Mali has also proven to be particularly dangerous for UN peacekeepers and foreigners. In November, an attack by jihadists resulted in the deaths of three UN peacekeepers in the country. That followed an attack in August on a UN base that left seven people dead.

Five more people were killed in an attack in June on a report in the capital, Bamako.

According to the UN, its multinational peacekeeping force has suffered over 155 fatalities since its mission began in 2013.

The CAF has been operating in neighbouring Niger since 2013, training local security forces to better combat terrorism. Canada has also been providing regular airlift support since 2016 to French counter-terrorism forces in Africa’s Sahel region, which encompasses Mali.

Trudeau, who is on vacation in Florida, spoke by phone on Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Both countries have been actively pressuring Canada behind the scenes at the UN to make the commitment. Trudeau took the opportunity to brief both leaders on the decision, said the source.

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Canada tells UN it will send peacekeepers to Mali, a military source says

2018/03/1521268448.jpg
Read: 987     13:39     17 March 2018    

During a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver in November, the Liberal government announced it would provide the UN with six helicopters, two transport aircraft, pilots and support crew, and a 200-strong force.


The Canadian Armed Forces will be sending peacekeeping troops to Mali, according to military sources.

An official announcement on the deployment is expected as early as Monday next week, CTV News reported Friday evening.

The Liberal government last year had pledged upwards of 600 soldiers and 150 police officers for a UN peace mission that it said would likely be deployed in Africa.

At the time the French government, under president François Hollande, was pressing hard for Canada to send its soldiers into Mali.

During a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver in November, the Trudeau government announced it would provide the UN with six helicopters, two transport aircraft, pilots and support crew, and a 200-strong force.
It remains to be seen how many Canadian troops — including medical teams — will be sent and where exactly they will be stationed. Military sources, however, have suggested that the deployment will be centred on a helicopter task force and support crew.

Mali has been plagued by an Islamist insurgency since 2012, leading to an unknown number of civilian deaths and displacement of residents, especially in the country’s north.

Mali has also proven to be particularly dangerous for UN peacekeepers and foreigners. In November, an attack by jihadists resulted in the deaths of three UN peacekeepers in the country. That followed an attack in August on a UN base that left seven people dead.

Five more people were killed in an attack in June on a report in the capital, Bamako.

According to the UN, its multinational peacekeeping force has suffered over 155 fatalities since its mission began in 2013.

The CAF has been operating in neighbouring Niger since 2013, training local security forces to better combat terrorism. Canada has also been providing regular airlift support since 2016 to French counter-terrorism forces in Africa’s Sahel region, which encompasses Mali.

Trudeau, who is on vacation in Florida, spoke by phone on Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Both countries have been actively pressuring Canada behind the scenes at the UN to make the commitment. Trudeau took the opportunity to brief both leaders on the decision, said the source.

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