The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and the Chilean Joint Centre for Peace Operations to explore future training opportunities in Haiti

    OTTAWA, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) and
the Centro Conjunto Para Operaciones de Paz de Chile (CECOPAC) are hosting a
joint seminar entitled Initiatives and Challenges to Integrated Training for
MINUSTAH Regional Contributors, on May 13 and 14, in Santiago, Chile.
    Funded by the Government of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, the
seminar brings together approximately 40 participants to discuss ways on
improving peace operations training within the United Nations Stabilization
Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The purpose of the seminar is to enhance the
ability of MINUSTAH troop and police contributing countries to respond
effectively to increasingly complex situations.
    "Given the changing nature of the roles and responsibilities of
peacekeepers on the ground, it is important to understand the contribution of
civilian, military and police in modern-day peace operations," says Suzanne
Monaghan, President of the PPC. "The seminar provides an opportunity to look
at the gaps and discuss integrated training programs that could help MINUSTAH
peacekeepers fulfill their mission mandate."
    Participants will examine the relationship between military and police
within the context of MINUSTAH and how they work together. They will also
examine the link between police training and larger justice matters within the
context of Haiti's legal system.
    There is an important connection between Haiti and MINUSTAH," says
Colonel Valentin Segura, Director of the Centro Conjunto Para Operaciones de
Paz de Chile (CECOPAC). "We hope to identify a set of strategic guidelines,
training opportunities and potential activities to support troop and police
contributing countries. Also, this important seminar provides a unique
opportunity for the Directors of the different Regional Peacekeeping Centres
to discuss and improve the cooperation as part of the Latin American
Association of Peacekeeping Centres, known as ALCOPAZ."
    Representatives from Canada, the United States, Latin American training
centres, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the UN
mission in Haiti, civil society, as well as officials of the Government of
Haiti are in attendance.
    The seminar is built on the findings and recommendations of a previous
seminar entitled, MINUSTAH: Supporting its Institutional Memory, held in
Brazil in April 2007.

    The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre is a Canadian institution dedicated to
making international peace operations more effective through research,
education and training, and capacity building.

For further information:

For further information: Lucie Laurion, Director, Communications, (613)
520-5617, ext. 5950,

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