Canada's new peacekeeping plans to be unveiled tomorrow in Vancouver

Canada's new peacekeeping plans to be unveiled tomorrow in Vancouver

Canada's new peacekeeping plans to be unveiled tomorrow in Vancouver

"It's work still in progress", Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the under-secretary general with peacekeeping procedures, claimed Monday within an interview with Canadian Media.

"It looks like there are a number of avenues that have been explored quite thoroughly. However we're awaiting the Canadian federal government to release any decision".

"I'm very pleased to say that we will be announcing ... is fully in line not just with Canadian values and Canadians' desire to see our country have a maximum positive impact around the world, but fully in line with the United Nations and indeed, the world, has expressed its need and interest in", he said.

"Make no mistake", Trudeau carried on, "Canadians count on Canada to possess a powerful and favorable participation that creates a genuine distinction, the world is expecting Canada to keep producing major contributions which make a positive change".

"[We will] make sure that we are best helping around the world and that we are using our abilities and expertise", he adds.

But the pledge, expected to be made Wednesday at an global gathering of defence ministers in Vancouver, does not involve a long-awaited commitment to a specific mission, nor will it see large-scale boots on the ground, say the sources.

He promised a contribution of 600 Peacekeepers and 150 police officers to United Nations missions but since then his government has been looking at which missions to join.

Next he said he has been "encouraged" that there's finally a little movements after a year of setbacks and silence from Canadian government official.

"Things are moving, and it's not frustrating". "Now, given the needs, I would be quite happy if the delays are rather short than long".

Lacroix would not comment on the government's offers, but did say discussions on "when and how and where these potential contributions would be used and where they would make a difference, that's where we are".

Trudeau is scheduled to appear on the last day with Lacroix as well as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Much of the focus of this week's meeting in Vancouver will be on pledges that different countries make to peacekeeping missions, as well as taking stock of previous commitments.

Canada is also reportedly ready to provide a rapid-reaction force in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria; contribute to the UN's new police mission in Haiti; and send trainers to help other countries become better at peacekeeping.

"Rather than only making one mission 100 per cent, you improve many missions from, say, 70 per cent to 80 per cent, which is a better way of improving the situation globally". "And we have more hard and unsafe security environments". We have more people in need of humanitarian assistance and support.