UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous praises Indian troops

Vastavam Web: The outgoing chief of UN peacekeeping forces has lauded India and other South Asian countries for contributing well trained and well behaved troops to the world body’s peacekeeping missions.”The contribution of South Asian countries is very valuable in terms of numbers because usually the three or four largest contributors rotate between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Those usually are among the three or four largest contributors,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous told reporters here yesterday during his final briefing in this post.He will be succeeded by another French diplomat Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

He said while there have been a few cases of disciplinary nature against South Asian peacekeepers, these have not been huge numbers.”Countries of the region, yes, they have been very active peacekeepers, they have paid the price, unfortunately, in terms of casualties. I appreciated very much their role and contribution during my tenure,” he said.India is among the largest contributor of peacekeepers to the world body.As of February 2017, a total of 7606 Indian peacekeepers were deployed in UN missions, including 6763 troops and 782 police personnel.India has said it has a policy of zero tolerance against sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers.

India has also informed the UN Secretariat it had appointed a focal point to handle future paternity claims related to sexual exploitation and abuse.The outgoing chief said UN peacekeeping is becoming more agile and capable, even as the cost for each peacekeeper fell 16 per cent in recent years, dropping the entire budget of the blue helmets worldwide to around USD 7.2 billion.No other army has done what the United Nations has done over the past six years,” he added.