NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has stressed the need for ensuring security of UN peacekeepers operating in hot spots around the world.
Speaking at a meeting co-hosted by Pakistan at UN Headquarters here, she expressed concern over the increasing number of casualties suffered by United Nations peacekeeping missions operating in hot spots around the world.
This was the first meeting on triangular formula – training, capacity building, safety and security and performance – that comprised China, Egypt, Indonesia and Morocco.
Lodhi said peacekeepers be imparted necessary training, equipment and better health facilities on the ground to avoid fatalities in the face of security challenges faced by them.
She said 193 peacekeepers lost their lives in attacks, 117 in accidents, 231 as a result of illness and 69 were listed under other causes between the year 2014 and 2019.
The envoy said it is important for the troop and police contributing countries, the Security Council and the Secretariat to work together enabling better decision making related to planning of peacekeeping missions.
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