Minister Champagne concludes successful visit to Ukraine

    François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, takes part in a ceremony at the Holodomor Memorial in Kyiv on March 4 in remembrance of the millions of innocent people who suffered and died during the Holodomor genocide. Photo: @CanadaFP

    NP-UN National Affairs Desk.

    François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded his visit to Latvia, Ukraine and Poland March 6 where he emphasized Canada’s continued commitment to safeguarding regional security and defence.

    While in Ukraine, Minister Champagne highlighted Canada’s continued commitment to the country’s ambitious reform efforts and engaging women in peace and security efforts.

    The Minister also announced more than C$2 million over three years to help strengthen the capacity of the National Police of Ukraine (NPU) in planning, implementing, monitoring and reviewing reform processes.

    The Police Assistance Project on Strategic Reform Capacities of the Over three years, the project will strengthen the capacity of the Strategic Reform Unit in advising the NPU in planning, implementing, monitoring and reviewing reform processes that integrate a gender perspective and enhancing NPU management capacity to implement these reforms.

    Ultimately, the NPU should have the capacity for, and contribute to, improved security in Ukraine by better responding to the security needs of Ukrainian citizens, including those of women and girls.

    The Minister also discussed the work that Canada is doing to stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression.

    During his visit, Minister Champagne visited Canadian troops deployed to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia as part of Canada’s Operation Reassurance. He also visited Canadian troops deployed on Operation Unifier at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine, where he was able to see firsthand the important work our troops are doing in support of security in the region.

    “Throughout my meetings in Latvia, Ukraine and Poland, I had the opportunity to discuss the close ties between Canada and these three countries and to underline our close collaboration – particularly in support of regional security, trade and political cooperation – which is essential to upholding the rules-based international order, and promoting peace and stability for all.”

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