India`s support to UN peacekeeping ops come in for praise
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Last Updated: Friday, October 09, 2009, 22:43
New Delhi: India's continuous support to UN peacekeeping operations across the globe has come in for high praise from the world body which said its peace efforts would not have been advanced that far without Indian contribution.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, who will be here next week on a three-day visit, said the world body wants to make every effort to further strengthen partnership with India.

"UN peacekeeping could not have advanced as far as it has without India, which has a long and outstanding tradition of supporting peace operations," Le Roy said in a statement ahead of his October 13-15 visit.

With 8,767 Indian military and police deployed in nine peacekeeping missions throughout the world, in places like Congo, Sudan and Lebanon, India has consistently been one of the top contributors to peacekeeping.

"UN peacekeeping is a truly shared responsibility and we want to make every effort to further strengthen our partnership with India," he said.

The main purpose of Le Roy's visit is to express appreciation for India's outstanding contribution to UN Peacekeeping, a UN official said here.

Terming India as a model in peacekeeping efforts, the UN official said the United Nations is "deeply thankful" to the country.

One hundred and twenty Indian peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice under the blue flag.

"In many ways, India has been a model in peacekeeping, not only contributing a large number of troops but also addressing key issues such as the participation of women or the contribution of tactical aviation units. We are deeply thankful and look forward to our continued collaboration," he said.

Roy will also engage in an open discussion regarding current and future challenges of peacekeeping.

"We know that the growing gap between the demand for peacekeepers and the available supply complicates the contributor's task and increases the burden, but we are committed to seeking practical solutions to this rising challenge," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 09, 2009, 22:43

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