OTTAWA – South Korea’s ambassador to Canada said he expects the federal government to make some “ambitious” promises when his country hosts a major peacekeeping summit next week.
Ambassador Keung Ryong Chang said that expectation was based on Canada’s historic support for the United Nations and peacekeeping, not any specific knowledge of Ottawa’s plans.
Chang’s comments come on the eve of the Seoul summit that will begin next Tuesday, where participating nations are expected to provide troops and equipment for UN missions.
The United States is urging Canada to make good on a past promise to provide a 200-strong rapid response force to the United Nations, something Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first pledged in 2017.
They also asked Canada to attend the summit with a plan to commit drones and medical units much-needed to peacekeeping missions.
The US made the requests in a letter to global affairs Canada last month, in which it asked the government to notify the UN and South Korea of their tentative commitments by December 12. /11.
Canadian and UN sources say Canada has not met that deadline.
This Canadian Press report was first published on December 3, 2021.