Peacekeeping Lead Refused

Published: Wednesday, 06/04/2008 12:00 am EDT

The UN secretariat's department asked Canada about six weeks ago for a two-star general and support staff to lead a UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but was turned down, the Toronto Star reported Monday. Maj. Denys Guay, deputy military attaché at Canada's permanent mission to the UN in New York, said: "Finding a lieutenant-general at this time can be a challenge, especially with Afghanistan going on." Canada currently has 171 peacekeepers abroad, tied for 53rd with Malawi.

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