An Assist To Darfur

FAC official dismisses notion that Canada has taken too long

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 05/11/2005 12:00 am EDT

The African Union (AU) force in Sudan can count on Canada providing useful military resources with no expectation that Ottawa will coach the pan-African body on how to do its job, according to a senior Foreign Affairs official in Ottawa. "One thing that the African Union doesn't want to be told is how to do peacekeeping and monitoring. Africans have shown again and again if they have the financial means they are good at these things. They often just don't have the resources to do it. They don't need to be lectured," says David Malone, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Issues at Foreign Affairs Canada.

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