UN Hails Contributions of Indian Peacekeepers

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{image-un peace01_29012008.jpg www.oneindia.com}New Delhi, Jan 29: Indian contributions to UN Peacekeeping efforts in various parts of the world continue to win praise -- and the latest came today from UN Assistant Secretary General for Mission Support in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Jane Holl Lute.

Ms Lute, accompanied by UN Messenger of Peace George Clooney, called on Defence Secretary Vijay Singh here and during discussions, the UN official was highly appreciative of the role played by the Indian peacekeepers in various parts of the world.

She further urged New Delhi to take part in the Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) Manual Review Exercise to be held at New York from February 4-22. The Defence Secretary reiterated India's commitment to UN Peacekeeping operations and assured that India will send a high-level delegation to take part in the review meetings both at technical and working levels.

Ms Lute was also given an overview of the experiences of the just-returned Indian contingent of peacekeepers, especially those relating to logistic and operational aspects.

The Army Headquarters gave a presentation on the various 'Commandments' given to the Indian peacekeepers such as respect for the cultural ethos of the country where they are deployed and zero-tolerance for human rights violations. Ms Lute had recently visited Congo where she had seen the Indian peacekeepers in action.

The UN Assistant Secretary General visited the 50 Para Regiment at Agra and the South-Western Army Command Headquarters at Jaipur yesterday. She evinced keen interest in the training imparted to the Indian peacekeepers to orient them to handle challenges in alien territories.

Indian troops have taken part in some of the most difficult UN Peacekereping operations in four continents and have suffered casualties in the service of the UN. The professional excellence of the Indian troops has won universal admiration.

India's most significant contribution has been to peace and stability in Africa and Asia. It has demonstrated its unique capacity of sustaining large troop commitments over prolonged periods.

Presently, India is ranked among the largest and most reliable Troop Contributor Nations to the UN. India has also offered one brigade of troops to the UN Stand by Arrangements.

UNI

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