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Canada must speak out at NATO summit
Canada must speak out at NATO summit
Veronica M. Kitchen
November 24, 2006
Next week, the leaders from the 26 member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will meet in Riga, Latvia to discuss the future of the alliance. Canada needs to pay attention; relations with our NATO allies are more important than ever, and yet reaching consensus on NATO's future may be harder than ever. The Riga summit will be dominated by discussion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan. NATO currently has 31,000 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan on a mission far removed, by geography and by mandate, from its Cold War endeavours. Those countries — Canada, the Netherlands, Britain, and the United States — losing soldiers in the unstable south are rightly frustrated by their allies' persistent refusal to deploy their soldiers to these more dangerous combat zones. Click here to read the complete article
 
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