Peace missions in the spotlight

conservateur-musee-militaire-trois-rivieres(Trois-Rivieres) As noted by the Honorary President Jean Doyon it easy when talking about the military world of spontaneously join in the war.

But the aspect of the protection of peace is also important, said Mr. Doyon at the inauguration of the exhibition War and Peace: Canada and the UN missions (1945-2015) at the Military Museum Three -Rivieres.

The 60th anniversary of the Sinai mission during the crisis of the Suez Canal is a pretext for presenting this exhibition focuses on the history of peacekeepers through their assignments.

Canadian participation is approached there and her 12th Armoured Regiment in the UN force, revisiting among other missions deployed in Cyprus, Korea, the former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.

Interpretation panels summarize the steps and issues of conflict in which the peacekeepers were solicited, while photos and artifacts illustrate the operations on the ground.

The United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 after World War II in response to the ideal of failure of the League of Nations, created after the First World War to preserve peace in Europe and prevent another global conflict is devastating the continent.

But in 30 years, two world wars have caused the death of tens of millions of people across the globe, and international leaders wanted to recreate a doomed peace organization.

Responsible for maintaining peace and international security, the Security Council is a principal organ of the UN. In November 1956, the UN adopted a proposal by the Canadian Foreign Minister Lester B. Pearson, to the formation of the United Nations Emergency Force.

Military lent by UN member countries make up the force acting on the orders of the Security Council to maintain or restore international peace and security.

Do not look any further than the color of the helmets of its members to explain the origin of the nickname given to this force deployed once to accompany a cease-fire between the parties involved in the crisis of the Suez Canal .

The 12th Armoured Regiment of Canada (RBC) has contributed to the Canadian contingent there. The 12th RBC is a regular unit of the Canadian Army stationed in Valcartier, and has a reserve unit in Trois-Rivières.

Beginning in 1950, peacekeepers have also supported South Korea during the war that opposed to its northern neighbor and a force for peacekeeping was also deployed to Cyprus in 1964.

More recently, in the 1990s, peacekeepers have served in conflicts that tore apart the former Yugoslavia, a country created after the First World War by the unification of peoples of diverse origins and cultures. The nationalisms are exacerbated, particularly after the fall of the Soviet bloc, leading to bloody clashes.

Then in 2003 the UN forces offered their support in Afghanistan. The A Squadron of 12 RBC was sent to Kandahar in July 2007, to intervene in security actions, governance and reconstruction. Specifically, the Squadron has contributed to well development and reconstruction or rehabilitation of schools and mosques, in addition to participating in the evacuation of wounded.

For more information on these interventions dedicated to peacekeeping in conflict zones, you can visit the exhibition at the Military Museum in Trois-Rivieres, accessible every day until August 21 from 10 am to 16 pm Monday to Thursday and from 10 am to 18 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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