OTTAWA — Canada will likely be dispatching an aviation job power to the troubled West African nation of Mali as a part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior authorities official mentioned Friday.
The federal government supply mentioned the duty power will likely be in Mali for as much as 12 months and an official announcement on the deployment will likely be made Monday.
It will likely be Canada’s first peacekeeping mission in Africa for the reason that early 1990s when troops had been despatched to Rwanda and Somalia.
Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 rebellion prompted troopers to overthrow the nation’s president. The facility vacuum that was created led to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led struggle that ousted the jihadists from energy in 2013.
Nonetheless, insurgents stay lively and the UN has seen its multinational peacekeeping power within the area undergo greater than 150 fatalities since its mission started in 2013.
By way of troop numbers, Canada is at the moment at a historic low for participation in peacekeeping missions. Canada had a complete of 43 peacekeepers deployed all over the world on the finish of December, the newest UN numbers point out, down from 62 in November.
The decline, largely the results of a discount within the variety of Canadian cops deployed to Haiti, means Canada has fewer peacekeepers within the area than at any level for the reason that 1950s.
The deployment to Mali will assist fulfil a pledge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in November throughout a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver.
The prime minister unveiled a package deal of measures, which embody providing as much as six helicopters and two transport plane, plus their related pilots and assist personnel, in addition to a 200-strong fast response power to the UN.
Trudeau additionally pledged $21 million to assist double the variety of ladies deployed on peacekeeping operations all over the world, which he emphasised as essential to bringing peace and stability to conflict-ridden areas.