Islamabad, November 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Masood Khan while speaking in the Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee on ”Comprehensive review of the whole question of Peacekeeping Operations in all their aspects” said that Pakistan has been a consistent and larger contributor for over five decades to the UN peacekeeping Missions in all parts of the world and its participation in a wide variety of UN peacekeeping missions reflects practical reaffirmation of Pakistan’s abiding faith in the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, says a press release received here today from New York.
“Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions has given us varied and valuable experience in handling difficult conflict and post-conflict situations in all parts of the world”, the Ambassador said.
He further said that participation in UN peacekeeping was supported by Pakistan national ethos and was an integral part of its foreign policy. “We do this to help address challenges of international peace and security in the spirit of collective responsibility”.
Highlighting Pakistan’s security institutions which have developed Peacekeeping training modules that form part of the curricula for mandatory courses required in career progression of different cadres, Ambassador Masood said Pakistan was willing to share its training experience with the Secretariat and with UN membership. “With wider dissemination of important lessons learnt in the field, we can optimize the collective efforts to strengthen the UN Peacekeeping in addressing challenges of the future”
Speaking on modern day Peacekeeping challenges, Ambassador Masood said that realistic and achievable mandates with due legal scrutiny; deploying adequate and timely resources for implementation of these mandates; devising efficient entry and exit strategies for seamless transition of conflict situation to post-conflict stability, peace building and long-term politico-economic recovery are some of the important ingredients need to be accorded high priority to confront these challenges in a more effective way.
Ambassador Masood reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment to the UN Peacekeeping. “As a leading Troop-contributing Country, Pakistan remains mindful of the challenges and constraints facing UN Peacekeeping” he concluded.
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