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Canada offers helicopters, planes, trainers to UN without proper details

Canada offers helicopters, planes, trainers to UN without proper details

| @indiablooms | 16 Nov 2017, 02:28 pm

Vancouver, Nov 16 (IBNS): Canada offered helicopters, planes and trainers to the United Nations (UN) on peace missions but little did they reveal about the details of such a step, media reports said.

The Canadian government extended help to the UN but they did not clarify when and where the peacekeepers will be deployed.

The announcement by the federal government came as they have promised last year to provide 600 troops and 150 police officers to the UN.

The federal government also had promised to increase the number of women deployment in peacekeeping operations around the world.

Canadian Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau said: "Women bring a unique and valuable perspective to conflict resolution."

"They look beyond the interests of warring parties, bring the wider community to the table and focus on root causes. Including women and girls in peace operations is a smart, practical pathway to lasting peace.," the PM added.

Canada is also aiming to deploy trainers to the UN and other countries as the trainers are often employed in peacekeeping operations.

"Six-hundred Canadian armed forces personnel is significant for Canada as a commitment, but let's remember that there are close to 100,000 peacekeepers deployed around the world," the PM said.

"So we have to focus on how Canada can best help. What we will do is step up and make the contributions we are uniquely able to provide," Trudeau added.

The Canadian government's step has been welcomed by the UN with full heart as UN's top official Jean-Pierre Lacroix referred to Trudeau's country "this great nations of Canada".

Lacroix said: "And with Canada on our side, we feel stronger.....We feel more empowered to confront the many challenges that peacekeeping is facing."

Regarding Canada's pledges, Lacroix said: "They are exactly consistent with the critical needs that we have in terms of capability, but also the flexibility in which these offers have been made."

(Reporting by Souvik Ghosh)

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