UN peacekeepers to tackle internal strife unsustainable: India

UN peacekeepers to tackle  internal strife unsustainable: India
India, which is one of the largest contributor of troops to the UN Peacekeeping operations, said that a new trend of mixing peacekeeping mandates directly affects the operational effectiveness of the peacekeeping operations and ‘exposes traditional mandate peacekeepers to unnecessary threats from armed internal conflicts which the United Nations has not itself instigated’.

‘We would like to point out the dangers of using the UN peacekeepers to tackle what are essentially internal political conflicts. In doing so, the Council is effectively endorsing an unsustainable approach to the maintenance of international peace and security,’ India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Asoke Mukerji said at the UNSC open debate on peacekeeping operations.

India has sent more than 170,000 troops to 43 of the 69 peacekeeping operations mandated so far.

Mukerji added that with the changing nature of conflict, new demands have been placed on the peacekeeping operations.

He said greater strategic guidance and support from the headquarters would provide effective command and control structure but these would be short-term remedies to long-term unresolved political issues that the peacekeepers are unable to resolve.


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