Thu 13 Dec 2007
Byline: Maxime Bernier
Source: National Post
Re: Building A Case For More Action In Sudan Crisis, John Ivison, Dec. 11.
This government is committed to global security and human rights. That is evident in our efforts in Sudan. We are contributing to both United Nations peacekeeping efforts in southern Sudan as well as the African Union mission in Darfur. The Canadian Forces has approximately 45 personnel supporting AU and UN missions in an effort to bring security and stability to Sudan.
The opposition refuses to acknowledge the $48-million we contributed in August to the AU mission, currently on the ground in Darfur. We have contributed $149-million to support the resolution of conflicts in Sudan since coming to office. Furthermore, Canada will provide support to the UN hybrid mission in Sudan, and we are actively involved in discussions with the UN to define the required support. Under our government, Canada is actively participating in international efforts to re-launch the Darfur political process. Canada also systematically raises the situation in Sudan and our concerns in bilateral and multilateral forums.
Like all Canadians, our government remains deeply concerned about the human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan. Canada is actively participating in international efforts to re-launch the Darfur political process, and we call on all parties to the Darfur conflict to participate in the renewed peace talks.
Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa.