Pakistan urges UN to ensure clear mandate for peace missions

Pakistan has provided 200,000 personnel for 43 peace missions since 1960, about 156 sacrificed their lives

 

Staff Report

Islamabad

Pakistan has urged UN to make sure its peace missions have comprehensive and unambiguous mandate and reasonable resources so that they could ensure peace and security in the strife-torn regions of world.

“Peacekeeping has been the UN’s most successful enterprise,” Pakistan permanent representative in the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said while participating in a debate on peace operations held in UN Security Council.

She said the UN peace mission was the most successful enterprise of world organisation.

Pointing to UN successful missions in Liberia, Ivory Cost and Sierra Leone which have been closed recently she said Pakistan peace contingents were deployed therein.

Welcoming the focusing of attention on performance of peace missions she said Security Council should base its decisions after taking into account the practical review of resources required by UN secretariat.

The mandate of UN Peace Missions should be comprehensive and unambiguous and they should hold reasonable resources.

Pakistan has played a vital role in UN Peace missions. Pakistan has provided 200,000 personnel for 43 peace missions of the UN since 1960.  About 156 Pakistani personnel have sacrificed their lives in these missions.

Underscoring the need for ensuring transparency between the countries providing their soldiers for peace missions and secretariat she said Pakistan will not avoid any debate about performance keeping in view its performance in peace missions.

“We believe we all are shareholders in this endeavour and we have a corporate responsibility,” she remarked.

“Responsiveness to realities on the ground and feedback from TCCs (Troop Contributing Countries) and meaningful triangular cooperation is the key to developing synergies vital for the success of peacekeeping operations.”

The top UN peacekeeping official agreed. “United Nations peacekeeping cannot succeed without the engagement and the mobilization of all stakeholders, and, first and foremost, the Member States,” Jean ‘Pierre Lacroix, Under ‘Secretary ‘General for Peacekeeping Operations, said in his briefing. “Strengthening peacekeeping often requires strengthening the capacities of those who provide its men and women — the troop- and police ‘contributing countries.”

Lacroix noted that since the Council adopted a landmark resolution on peacekeeping reform a year ago, many efforts have been made, including the Secretary ‘General’s reform of the United Nations peace and security architecture and his launch of the Action for Peacekeeping initiative in March.

In addition, the Secretariat established a clear framework of performance standards and assessments based on regular evaluations of military units, he said, adding that when performance falls short, the Secretariat will commission independent, ad hoc investigations to clarify the causes and circumstances of serious shortfalls in mandate implementation.

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