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By Nicholas Gammer

Given the help of the Mulroney govt, the various Canadian devices below the United countries in Yugoslavia have been prepared to bend the United international locations' principles of engagement whilst confronting Muslim, Serb, and Croat forces, setting up Srebrenica as a Muslim refuge and protecting it opposed to Serb assaults. The Chretien executive, although, assumed a extra wary coverage. Gammer exhibits how realizing the government's function during this specific concern contributes to our realizing of the function that political management performs in shaping Canadian international coverage normally, in addition to advancing our wisdom of the wider theoretical debates surrounding the legitimacy and effectiveness of humanitarian intervention within the inner affairs of state.

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Canada attempted to increase trade with Yugoslavia and, on a multilateral level, to provide political support for Yugoslav to secure and maintain the necessary international financial support necessary to upgrade its economic system. Close relations with the Yugoslavs also provided Canada with important information on Soviet and Chinese intentions regarding the Vietnam War and revealed that the two countries shared many common views and interests in bringing that war to an end. Canadian-Yugoslav relations of this period reveal that both states shared an interest in promoting the viability of multilateral institutions as a counter-balance to super-power dominance of world affairs.

6 In the general election, the single list of the National Front candidates received 90 per cent of the vote. The Canadian government was well informed, via its Belgrade legation, that the voting process fell far short of being free and democratic. It was also aware that the government formed by the National Front was controlled by Tito and the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY). On the other hand, there were Yugoslav emigres and groups such as the National Committee of the Council of Canadian South Slavs who looked upon Tito's new regime in a positive light.

Consistent with this approach, Yugoslav foreign policy placed considerable emphasis on collaboration with the United Nations. Tito made it clear that Yugoslavia was committed to contributing as much as possible to the organization. Through the 19508 the Canadian government did what it could to encourage that collaboration by finding common ground on a number of international issues and crises. Canada and Yugoslavia found in their developing relationship a middle power perspective. Contact with Canada provided the Yugoslavs with the benefit of a more moderate view of Western motivations and intentions which Canadian officials saw as an effective tool in influencing Yugoslavia's behaviour, external and internal.

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