Islamabad, July 04, 2014 (PPI-OT): At the UN General Assembly, Pakistan expressed satisfaction that the reimbursement rates for costs incurred by troops and police contributing countries in deploying their forces to U.N. peacekeeping missions have been revised and increased formally for the first time since 1992.
“But we must continue to review reimbursement rates periodically to align them with actual costs incurred, both tangible and intangible. This we hope will be done in four years from now”, Pakistani envoy added, says a press release received here today from New York.
On Friday the General Assembly voted to increase the reimbursement rates. Pakistan is one the largest contributors to the UN peacekeeping missions. Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN in his statement said, “We have broken new ground despite divergences and constraints. Despite the limitations of the outcome, our decision today is a net gain for peacekeeping and the Organization”.
He said that In view of the increasing complexity and demands of UN peacekeeping operations, the Group of 77 and China had long argued for an increase in the reimbursement rate for costs incurred by troop and police contributing countries in deploying their forces to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Pakistan’s representative said that despite the different perspectives, all sides had worked resolutely to explore common ground and keep peacekeeping partnerships “intact and strong”. What mattered at the end was that consensus had prevailed.
Describing the revision as a step in the right direction, Ambassador Khan said partners, as well as major finance contributors, had rightly insisted that any fruitful conversation on rate increases should take place in the face of the empirical evidence justifying it.
A professional survey had been conducted on the basis of a scientific methodology, clearly recognizing $1,762.55 per month as the actual “weighted average cost” of troop contributors, he noted. That figure was “authentic and credible”, and should remain the parameter for the next four years.
Pakistan reiterated its strong commitment to UN peacekeeping and that international peacekeeping under the auspices of the United Nations was a cornerstone of its foreign policy.
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