Canadian Foreign Policy, 1977-1992: Selected Speeches and by Blanchette

By Blanchette

This quantity covers the unfastened exchange contract with the us and Mexico; Canada's coverage in the direction of South Africa; becoming peacekeeping efforts world wide; and customary foreign difficulties similar to immigration, drug trafficking, and the influence of exchange, relief and human rights on overseas coverage. Speeches are by way of political personalities reminiscent of Pierre Trudeau, Joe Clark, Barbara McDougall, MacDonald and Brian Mulroney.

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PEACEKEEPING Peacekeeping has long been one of the UN's major and more successful activities. Canada has taken part in peacekeeping exercises, whether under UN or other auspices, since the beginning of such activities in 1947. Some 80,000 Canadian soldiers and civilians have participated in these operations. 2 The basic policy, that is, a willingness to provide personnel and equipment for peacekeeping purposes, has not changed. However, the objectives and emphasis have changed a good deal since 1977, especially since 1990, as the United Nations became increasingly assertive in the task of maintaining world peace following the end of the Cold War.

Terrorism and retaliation intensified. As a Chinese sage might have put it: they were in the same bed, but were having different dreams. However that may be, a change of government in Israel in 1992, whereby a Labour coalition under Yitzhak Rabin replaced the less flexible Likud government of Yitzhak Shamir, set the stage for the beginnings of a settlement between the two. Nevertheless, the Middle East generally remains a problem area despite the recent progress between Israel and the PLO. There is considerable opposition from extremists, both within Israel and among Palestinians, to the arrangements regarding the Occupied Territories.

In only one instance, documented below, did Canada act entirely on its own: the successful evacuation of American Embassy personnel, who had been given refuge in the Canadian Embassy in Teheran in 1979. It is not possible in a volume of this size to document Canadian involvement in all these operations. It is hoped that the following selection will provide a useful picture of the general approach. 6. Afghanistan Communique issued by the SSEA, Ms. Flora MacDonald, Ottawa, December 28,1979. (Extracts) The Canadian Government was informed on December 27 by the Soviet Ambassador, acting on instructions from his government, that the Soviet Union had decided to send limited military contingents to Afghanistan to counter what are alleged to be continuing acts of external aggression against that country.

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