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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 03:58 AM

Canadian sailors opened fire in Jamaican waters, broke international law during war on drugs mission

Bad maps are being blamed after Canadian naval reservists participating in the U.S.-led war on drugs last year sparked a diplomatic flap by firing their weapons and intercepting fishing trawlers in Jamaican waters — without Jamaica’s permission.

The embarrassing incident, which has never before been publicly reported, broke international maritime law — not the first time legal questions have been raised about Canada’s increasing involvement in the drug war.

On March 27, 2012, HMCS Goose Bay and Kingston were patrolling south of Jamaica as part of Operation Caribbe, Canada’s contribution to an ongoing, U.S.-led anti-drug trafficking mission in the Caribbean and East Pacific.

Documents obtained by Postmedia News show that at one point, crew members on both vessels began firing their ships’ weapons, including large 50-calibre machine guns, as part of a live-fire training exercise.
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Canadian+sailors+opened+fire+Jamaican+waters+broke/8301693/story.html

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Joe Shlabotnik Apr 2013 OP
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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:04 AM

1. Territorial boundaries are not things that move often.

Wonder where they got the incorrect charts?

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