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Canada pledges 600 peacekeepers, Can$450 mln to UN

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd left) shakes hands with Canadian military instructors participating in Ukrainian military exercises at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Yavoriv, near Lviv, on July 12, 2016Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government on Friday committed 600 troops and Can$450 million (US$350 million) over three years to United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. Touted by the Liberal administration as a recommitment to multilateralism, the move also positions Canada to make a stronger bid for a rotating seat on the UN Security Council. Ottawa’s “commitment to increase Canadian participation in UN peace operations and supporting its mediation efforts, preventing conflicts, and engaging in post-conflict reconstruction” will give Canada “a stronger voice on the world stage,” Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion told a news conference.

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