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S E C R E T OTTAWA 002181
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/31/2013 TAGS: CD LI ML MR NG PGOV PHUM PREL XY CA UNSC SUBJECT: FORCES FOR LIBERIA: CANADA WOULD LIKE TO HELP, BUT....
REF: STATE 219151
Classified By: A/Pol Min Mary Witt for reasons 1.5(b) and (d)
(S) Post conveyed points contained reftel concerning support for peacekeeping operations in Liberia to Barbara Martin, Director of DFAIT's Regional Security and Peacekeeping Division, Lt. Col. Denis Thompson, of the Directorate of Peacekeeping Policy at National Defense Headquarters, and Cindy Kleiman, DFAIT desk officer for Liberia, on July 31. Martin commented they had recently received a similar approach through informal channels at the UN. Martin said Canada takes the situation in Liberia very seriously, and is exploring ways it can support the peacekeeping mission there. But because Canada's forces and military assets are stretched thin by deployments in Bosnia and, more recently, in Afghanistan, Martin was "not optimistic" it will find a way to contribute to peacekeeping forces in Liberia, at least in the near term. Over the long term, Martin said, Canada would have an interest in providing civilian support to help to establish and train local police and security forces in Liberia. CELLUCCI