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Peacekeeping vs. Peacemaking

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Peacekeeping vs. Peacemaking

The early days of peacekeeping, and of course you hear General MacKenzie talk about it so often, we were peacekeeping and that is basically is maintain a role separating both countries. In most cases you are dealing with a couple of countries and a buffer zone or borderlines, or whatever the case may be, or line of separation. Basically to use, all it really means it’s an imaginary line that’s on a map that both factions are aware of and our main role is to keep them separated from that particular area. When you look at that in itself, that can be a tedious job because in most cases you’re there to keep the peace, not to cause any problems, not to really fire any weapons. That’s the difference between what we were doing then compared to the peacemaking, what they’re doing now. It’s totally different. You’re more in harms way now than you were then. Doesn’t mean that you were not in harms way at that stage because basically any time you step in a zone there is always a possibility of something going wrong. But now they realize that there is a greater possibility of something going to happen.

Mr. Fraser explains the responsibility of Canadian Forces soldiers in relation to peacekeeping missions and how the role has changed.

James Fraser

Mr. Fraser was born February 25, 1946, in North Preston, Nova Scotia. After obtaining his high school education, Mr. Fraser decided on a career in the military and joined the army. In 1967, he accepted his first tour of duty to Cyprus followed by deployments to Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Golan Heights. In his very satisfying 34-year military career, Mr. Fraser achieved the rank of Command Chief Warrant Officer with the Canadian Forces. After his retirement, he returned to Nova Scotia with his family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 14, 2011
Person Interviewed:
James Fraser
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Command Chief Warrant Officer

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