Mulroney Urges U.N. Presence In Bosnia

The United Nations should use "all instruments available" to make peace in Bosnia, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said last night in comments after a speech at the Kennedy School of Government.

In a question-and-answer session after his speech focusing on foreign policy, Mulroney said the U.N. should follow the example of initiatives in the Persian Gulf and the Korean War to make the peace.

"I am proposing that the United Nations take those actions that we've taken elsewhere, because it's the only thing that works," he said before a crowd of 750 people at the ARCO Forum.

The prime minister also advocated a blockade of the island of Haiti to protect Haitians' human rights. The blockade would include the U.S., Canada andVenezuela.

"The experiment with democracy cannot beallowed to be extinguished in Haiti," he said inhis speech.

Several of Mulroney's comments veered fromcurrent U.S. positions on foreign policy--mostnotably on Bosnia, where the U.S. has been morecautious--a point Mulroney was sure tocommunicate.


However, the prime minister was careful to notein his speech that Canada's policy is not formedin reaction to, or in blind compliance with, U.S.policy. He said that Canada's postures are basedon Canadian national interest only.

"We have tried to build on four cornerstones ofCanadian foreign policy: multilateralism includingcollective security, trade liberalization, humanrights and the environment," Mulroney said.

Though the prime minister was greeted with arendition of the Canadian national anthem by about40 audience members, several Canadians werecritical of Mulroney in the question-and-answersession, pressing him on domestic policy. Erin M.O'Connor, a first-year student at the KennedySchool, charged Mulroney with presiding over adeclining nation.

The prime minister repeatedly defended hiscountry's domestic situation, at one point citingthe U.N. human development index, which he saidplaced Canada first in quality of life.

Afterwards, O'Connor said she was notsatisfied.

"More people believe that Elvis is still alivethan support the prime minister," she said in aninterview. "People don't trust him."

He also definitively denied rumors that hisnext campaign platform would include guaranteedannual income and, jokingly, that he was beingconsidered for the presidency of American Express.

In a rare bipartisan gesture, Gov. William F.Weld '66 and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy '54-'56co-introduced Mulroney, both showering the primeminister with praise.

"When President [John F.] Kennedy was writing"Profiles in Courage," he was thinking of leaderslike the prime minister," Kennedy said

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