Monday, 07 November 2016

The Maldives underlines that relevant principles of international humanitarian and international law must become an integral part of national training for peacekeepers

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7 November 2016; At the United Nations Security Council’s open debate on Peacekeeping Operations facing Asymmetrical threats, the Maldives highlighted that the collective work of the peacekeeping missions must be guided by a precise and comprehensive framework for identifying threats to civilians in order to respond to the changes in the security environment.

Speaking on the subject, Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations noted that the existence of asymmetric threats in a conflict environment is often the result of a convergence of social, economic, and political factors, and that it is essential for peacekeeping missions to be equipped with the appropriate tools to respond to these challenges.

Emphasizing on the importance of the role of the peacekeeping personnel, Ambassador Sareer stated that the core goals and unique aspects of missions’ mandates should be reflected in their training courses and relevant principles of international humanitarian law and international law in general and must become an integral part of national training for peacekeepers to ensure they are respected. He also stated that it is critical to actively monitor and review the progress of peacekeepers, on the individual level, and peacekeeping missions, on the organizational level, to ensure progress is being made in the fulfillment of their mandate.

The Maldives statement further stated that it is important to ensure that for efforts on the ground to be delivered effectively and that they are coherent with the programmes being run by various agencies. The Maldives urged that each and every member state of the United Nations should do their utmost to ensure the fulfillment of its aspirations for peace and security, as laid out in the United Nations Charter for peacekeeping operations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Republic of the Maldives


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