Am­bas­sador Prasad: Why We Back UN Peace­keep­ing

Fiji Sun - - NATION - Source: Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs

Fiji’s com­mend­able con­tri­bu­tion of more than 40 years to United Nations Peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions con­tin­ues to be highly recog­nised at the United Nations Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

This week Fiji, upon in­vi­ta­tion, once again took the global stage at the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in New York to de­liver a state­ment at the de­bate on United Nations Peace­keep­ing Op­er­a­tions.

The meet­ing was chaired by the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Vass­ily Alek­see­vich Neben­zia.

The state­ment de­liv­ered by Fiji’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Nations, Am­bas­sador Satyen­dra Prasad, em­pha­sised that with more than 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in UN Peace­keep­ing, Fiji brought highly-val­ued ex­per­tise,and that Fiji’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the

UN’s mis­sion to pro­mote peace was at the core of Fiji’s for­eign pol­icy. Am­bas­sador Prasad em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of United Nations Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral’s (UNSG’s) re­forms and he stated that peace mis­sions need both pre­dictable and sus­tain­able fund­ing to ful­fil their man­dates.

“Fiji wel­comes and sup­ports the United Nations Sec­re­tary Gen­eral’s Ac­tion for Peace (A4P) Ini­tia­tive, to re­form United Nations Peace­keep­ing. UN Peace­keep­ers to­day face far more com­plex con­flicts than ever be­fore. These call for new train­ing, bet­ter force pro­tec­tion and for highly spe­cialised and newer skills. UNSG’s ef­forts to re­form peace op­er­a­tions needs to be fully and un­equiv­o­cally sup­ported by all mem­ber states.”

Am­bas­sador Prasad said that Fiji, through its in­no­va­tive strate­gies, as­pires to en­hance its in­ter­na­tional and re­gional part­ner­ship for global peace­keep­ing. He thanked Gov­ern­ments of USA, China, UK, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Malaysia for their as­sis­tance to Fiji in train­ing and de­vel­op­ment of se­nior women of­fi­cers for our UN peace en­gage­ments. “We are work­ing with all Per­ma­nent Mem­bers of the UNSC – Rus­sia, China, France, UK and the US to en­hance our ca­pa­bil­i­ties so as to be able to meet the new re­quire­ments. Over the course of next few years, Fiji is firmly com­mit­ment to pro­gres­sively in­creas­ing num­bers of women across all our peace op­er­a­tions and es­pe­cially at se­nior lev­els. Fiji is now work­ing with Aus­tralia and New Zealand, our re­gional part­ners, to pool our ex­per­tise to bet­ter pre­pare for peace op­er­a­tions,” Am­bas­sador Prasad said.

Photo: Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs

Fiji’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Nations, Am­bas­sador Satyen­dra Prasad.

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