Trudeau announces ‘bilateral’ police initiative to aid Colombian peace efforts

Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president thanked Canadians Monday for their support of his country’s peace process — support that was bolstered by what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “bilateral police initiative,” and the prospect of peacekeepers.

“This (police) effort will support post-conflict policing efforts in Colombia and will see Canadian police providing training, capacity building and strategic advice to our Colombian friends,” Trudeau announced after meeting with Juan Manuel Santos in his Parliament Hill office.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was reportedly briefed last year on a proposal to contribute up to 10 police officers to peace efforts in Colombia, but it wasn’t clear Monday whether the bilateral deployment was a part of that plan.

Canada will also deploy a government expert to Colombia to work alongside the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the prime minister said.

And Trudeau left the door open to a possible deployment of peacekeepers to Columbia, characterizing the policing effort as a separate initiative.


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