UN Peace­keep­ing

Southasia - - Briefing -

Nepal’s Army is con­sid­er­ing send­ing troops to restive Iraq as part of its com­mit­ment to the United Na­tions peace­keep­ing mis­sions. The troops will be a part of the ‘sta­tion­ary force’ un­der the United Na­tions.

The de­vel­op­ment comes just weeks af­ter Nepal’s Army Chief Ch­ha­tra Man Singh Gu­rung dis­cussed the army’s pos­si­ble in­volve­ment in UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions, in­clud­ing the United Na­tions As­sis­tance Mis­sion in Iraq, with UN Un­der Sec­re­tary Gen­eral for Depart­ment of Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs, B Lynn Pas­coe in New York.

The UN had asked Nepal to com­mit around 222 per­son­nel – in­clud­ing 35 for mo­bile units – for de­ploy­ment in Iraq some four months ago. The Nepali Army, how­ever, was un­de­cided as it was not able to as­cer­tain whether the re­quest came from the UN or

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