Three killed today in a mine strike
Last year Canada’s Prime Minister promised the United Nations that Canada would contribute some 600 soldiers and 150 police officers to UN peacekeeping operations.
Where they might be sent has been up for discussion since then.
France has been quietly been seeking Canada’s help to join it in the MINUSMA (Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations unies pour la stabilisation au Mali) mission in Mali.
The 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali has become the most dangerous in the world as Islamic militants routinely attack U.N. convoys across the north. At least 80 peacekeepers have died in “malicious acts” since the mission was established in 2013, according to U.N. peacekeeping data as of the end of August.
Three peacekeepers were killed there today, and two injured when their vehicle drove over a mine in northern Mali while they were escorting a convoy. The nationalities of the peacekeepers were not revealed in the UN statement. . One unconfirmed report however said the peacekeepers were from Bangladesh
In September Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau responded to questions about where and when Canadian peacekeepers might be sent. Quoted in the Toronto Star news he said, “Any government needs to take extremely seriously the responsibility involved in sending Canadian troops potentially into harm’s way around the world. We are going to make the right choice about how Canada can best help in engaging in international peacekeeping, and when we make that determination, we will let you know”.
A spokesman for the French embassy in Ottawa had said they’d like to see Canada join them in Mali as they know Canadian expertise, and have worked with with Canada in the past, especially as the Canadian military has many French-speaking units.
Many expect an announcement to be made at a major U.N. summit meeting in Vancouver next month.
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