Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Rules-Out Canadian Combat Troops in Mali

by Colonel on March 14, 2013

“Canada’s future role in the international campaign to suppress Al Qaeda-linked extremists in Mali is up in the air, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ruling out putting Canadian troops into combat in the West African country.

At a joint press conference wrapping up a visit to Ottawa by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Harper was asked about France’s push for a United Nations peacekeeping mission to replace the French-led coalition fighting to keep Mali from becoming a terrorist haven.

Harper didn’t rule out Canadian support for a UN-led peacekeeping force, saying only that any future decisions by Ottawa on Mali won’t be taken without input from parliamentarians.

” — Les Whittington, Copyright 2013 Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd.

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