Canada calls for on-time pullout from UN mission in Mali

Ottawa, A Canadian House of Commons committee has told the Liberal government that Canada should help Romania get its helicopters into Mali to avoid disrupting the ongoing United Nations peacekeeping mission there.

Committee report suggested giving Romanian contingent a head start, but rejected calls to extend mission, the CBC News Network said on Tuesday.

The UN has been leaning on the Trudeau’s government to extend his country’s one-year deployment in Mali by a few months because a Romanian air detachment, which will take over medical evacuations and peacekeeper movements, won’t be operational until mid-October, it added.

The UN warned members of the parliamentary committee two months ago that it would have to scale back operations because of the absence of military helicopters during the mission handover from the Canadians to the Romanian contingent.

Source: Jordan News Agency