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Canada spurns UN plea on Congo

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:32 pm    Post subject: Canada spurns UN plea on Congo  Reply with quote

Canada spurns UN plea on Congo

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/435224

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Canada turned down a United Nations request to take command of the peacekeeping mission in Congo and will instead devote its resources to Afghanistan.

"Finding a lieutenant-general at this time can be a challenge, especially with Afghanistan going on," said Maj. Denys Guay, deputy military attaché at Canada's permanent mission to the UN in New York.
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Canada is now tied with Malawi as the 53rd largest UN peacekeeping contributor, Fowler noted.

The Congo force, known by the acronym MONUC, has nearly 17,000 troops from more than a dozen countries and at a price tag exceeding $1 billion a year is the biggest UN mission ever.

More than 5.4 million people died in Congo's five-year civil war and its aftermath, mainly from disease and starvation. The conflict officially ended with a peace deal in 2002.
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"What they wanted was a francophone, from a country with no colonial or political baggage," said the military insider. "Canada could have made a real difference here."
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Canada spurns UN plea on Congo Reply with quote

Smart of Canada. Belgium and France are looking for a scapegoat. The conflict may have officially ended in 2002, but its kind of like the USA's Bush declaring Iraq a done deal.
As to Canada really making a difference- no. Until the UN changes the way its Mandates are structured no country will make a difference unless its from perhaps South America or the Pacific rim - far to the west.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know the situation in the DRC is bad when somebody prefers Afghanistan. But if Canada was really smart, they'd pull out of Afghanistan too. And hey, they can declare victory all they want. If Bush can do it, why can't they? Any country bogged down in an illegal and unwinnable war where they're not accomplishing anything, has the option of declaring victory and going home. This, "Bush asked us to help, so we had to help our dear friend Bush," isn't going to go over too well in The Hague.

It would be good if somebody really could help. But the UN doesn't seem to be structured so as to be very helpful. I wonder if that was accidental or on purpose....

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