At the United Nations, Pakistan has underscored the need for adequately equipping the UN peacekeepers operating in hot spots around the world with all critical enablers, including air assets and hospitals to help them better achieve their mandates.
Speaking at a meeting of the Group of Friends of Troop and Police Contributing Countries that Pakistan co-chairs with Morocco in Washington, Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that better equipping and training of blue helmets has become a matter of extreme importance, especially in life and death situations.
The time lag”, Ambassador Lodhi pointed out, “between a country’s offer to contribute an asset and actual deployment can range from a few months to, even a year at times”. She stressed that as these assets and capabilities were recognized as critical, we must work together to ensure that minimum time is wasted in deployment. “We owe this to the peacekeepers and those they are mandated to protect”, she added.
Ambassador Lodhi also highlighted the need for peacekeepers to be adequately equipped to enable them to operate effectively in complex environments.
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