PM's quotes at UN Peacekeeping Summit
Pakistan pledges continued support to UN peacekeeping to provide UAVs for forces
NEW YORK – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif co-chaired the UN Peacekeeping Summit along with President Barack Obama of the United States of America here at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Following are a few quotes from Prime Minister’s speech at the Peacekeeping Summit; “Blue Helmets are recognised as a symbol of peace the world over.It is the peacekeepers on ground who help the United Nations carryout its primary responsibility to save the world from the scourge of war.”
“UN Peacekeeping, despite its successes, faces new challenges in a rapidly changing strategic scenario.There is need for mobilisation of resources to retain peacekeeping as an effective tool for the maintenance of international peace and security,” he said.
“Pakistan has consistently figured among the top troop contributors to the United Nations. We have also been at the forefront of norm setting in peacekeeping.Our professional, well-trained and competent peacekeepers …are deployed in the most difficult theaters, staying the course in Liberia, even during the Ebola outbreak,” Nawaz said.
“Pakistan has all along supported efforts for reform and strengthening of the UN peacekeeping architecture to enable it to better correspond to evolving situations and requirements.We do, however, advocate a clear distinction between peacekeeping and peace enforcement. The fundamental principles of peacekeeping must remain sacrosanct.”
“We shall continue to contribute highly professional peacekeeping personnel, ranging from infantry to guard units, and will continue to provide the UN with among our best military commanders, staff officers and military observers. Pakistan also remains committed to contribute to UN police requirements in the future,” the prime minister said.
“We would continue deployment of precious assets like utility aviation, airport management facilities, signals communication units,transport, maintenance and logistics units, and field hospitals,alongside affordable field solutions to ensure rapid deployment,” he added.
“We are pledging an infantry battalion, transport, engineering and signals companies, additional utility helicopters, a Level-II and a Level-III Hospital, and a Canine Platoon for deployment to future UN peacekeeping missions also commit to providing surveillance Unmanned Unarmed Aerial Vehicles to enhance capabilities related to protection of civilians and military personnel,” Nawaz said.