Islamabad, December 13, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Masood Khan while making statement at a briefing in the Security Council on “Inter-Mission Cooperation in Peacekeeping”, emphasized the importance of strong partnership in peacekeeping and cooperation between the Missions operating in a geographic proximity to address emergent needs and short-term goals, says a press release received here today from New York.
He told the 15-member body that the success of UN Peacekeeping hinges on partnerships and cooperation among the Member States on broader policy framework as well as between the Security Council, the Secretariat and the Troop-Contributing Countries (TCC).
As a Troop-Contributing Country, the Ambassador said Pakistan supported sharing of human and material resources between neighbouring missions on a case-by-case basis and did not shy away from such commitment.
“In 2010, when the situation in Cote d’ Ivoire deteriorated, Pakistani troops from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) proceeded to assist UN Mission in Cote d’ Ivoire (UNOCI). Our internal processes for authorizing this movement were completed expeditiously.
We did not delay the transfer of Pakistani troops despite serious logistical and operational issues. Later events proved that reinforcement from UNMIL was critical in success of UNOCI operations during the crisis of 2010-11”, he mentioned.
Mr. Khan underscored that IMC should be an exception and not a norm and should be executed on a case-by-case to address emergent situation. “Long-term remedial measures require permanent solutions based on due processes. IMC should work around these processes and regulations and not against them.”
Highlighting the important aspects of Pakistan’s perspective on Inter-Mission cooperation (IMC), the Ambassador said the stopgap arrangement of IMC could not be over-emphasized, as such arrangement were made to cover up deficiencies in troops and critical assets in the wake of a crisis. Any transfer of resources, he added, should not compromise donor-Mission’s operational capacity and safety.
Another important aspect of IMC he said was operational and administrative control of assets transfer. “Each Mission has its own dynamics that underpin, among other things, the calculation of the costs of Contingent-owned equipment. Moving to a different Mission entails change in dynamics, hence warranting application of different financial modalities”.
The Ambassador said IMC was a contingency-based exercise that mostly had infantry units and some enabling assets like helicopters. Therefore, he added due caution was required to transfer of Special Forces, engineering units, and hospitals from one Mission to another.
He further said IMC did not obviate the need for constant exchange of information and intelligence between the neighbouring Missions and Pakistan favourably viewed the idea of biannual and tri-annual meeting between the neighbouring Missions so that the Commands and senior leadership of neighbouring Missions were well versed with challenges faced by each other.
In his briefing to the 15-member body, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous, said that since there was no official agreed upon definition of inter-mission cooperation, practical modalities had been defined on a case-by-case basis. As such, cooperation was a tool used by the Council and troop- and police-contributing countries to implement mandates, as seen when United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) personnel supported the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) and, most recently, when planning the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS).
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