World Vision says Canada’s pledge of money and soldiers for peacekeeping missions is a “step in the right direction”.
But the agency warns that the Government could stumble if its not careful.
World Vision’s Martin Fischer spoke with the Alberta Morning News. He says overall, the move is in the right direction.
“We’re seeing $430 million over three years. Up to 600 military personnel and 150 police officers.” says Fischer. “That’s all in the right direction. For us, as an agency that operates in the kind of environments that our Canadian troops and police officers are going to be sent to, there’s a few things that we want to remind the government of, but overall we’re pleased.”
But, Fischer says, Ottawa should avoid “mixing objectives”. For instance, police and military are great at building law enforcement agencies and maintaining security.
“That’s what they’re good at. That’s what they should be doing.” he says. “What they shouldn’t be doing is conducting humanitarian operations. It’s really the expertise of humanitarian operations like ourselves. We need to be neutral and impartial to do that. And we would hope that as the government thinks about roles, that they engage with us and other humanitarian operations to figure out what the division of labour can be.”
Fischer also wants adequate training and oversight, to prevent any of our soldiers from abusing the very people they’ve been sent to protect. (ms, Alberta Morning News)