Indian forces in UN peacekeeping mission can handle complexities: Army chief

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 23:09

New Delhi: Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh Tuesday said forces under UN peacekeeping missions can face complexities such as fiscal uncertainties and volatile political situation in the conflict zone.

"Increased resource constraint, fiscal uncertainties, volatile political situation in conflict zone, heterogeneous mix of stakeholders and role players coupled with humanitarian crisis are only a few verticals that peacekeepers face when deployed in the mission area," he said while addressing a UN conference.

"The challenge of upholding the credibility of the UN Mission at functional level lies with the peacekeepers on ground," he said.

The Army Chief also substantiated India’s "unflinching commitment" to the ethos and charter of the United Nations, since its inception.

India is the third largest contributor to United Nations Peacekeeping Missions with over 8000 personnel deployed in various missions including the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Lebanon and the Golan Heights.

Overall, since 1950 India has provided over 1,70,000 troops for United Nations peacekeeping missions, which is by far the largest contribution by any country in the world.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 23:08

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