The President’s decision to expand the number of U.N. peacekeeping missions in the Pacific will be welcomed by the people of Hawaii, but it is likely to provoke fierce backlash among many of the state’s native Hawaiians.
“I am glad the president announced the increase, but I don’t believe this will bring peace,” said Kaiti Aku, an Oahu native and former lawmaker.
“I don’t think it will bring a change to the situation, because we know that the island has always been peaceful.
So it won’t change anything.”
The U.K. announced it would expand its peacekeeping mission in the Philippines from three to four and announced plans to expand it to six missions in 2019, while Canada is expanding its peacekeepers to nine in 2019 and 10 in 2020.
Neil Abercrombie said that while he welcomed the new deployments, the state was not planning to expand.
He said the U.H. is the largest U.R.O. mission and that Hawaiians have always been respectful of U