New Delhi, May 21 : Exercise Aman Sena, an international exercise on United Nations mandated, multidimensional, integrated and peace support operations commenced at the College of Defence Management (CDM), Secunderabad today. This exercise is a pioneering effort by CDM under the aegis of HQ Integrated Defence Staff, where about 90 officers of the Armed Forces from 15 countries including India are participating for the next nine days.
The aim of exercise is to provide an opportunity to the participants to share experiences of UN peace support operations, and to develop a common understanding of the framework and procedures in such operations. The exercise also intends to provide a platform to the participating countries for closer cooperation, synergy, meeting of minds and for working together in pursuance of larger international interests.
Air Chief Marshal FH Major, the Chief of Air Staff, commended HQ Integrated Defence Staff and the CDM for hosting a timely and important peace support operations exercise. He spoke about the unique nature of UN peace support operations, which reflect universal objectives, rather than partisan interests.
India has consistently supported the UN's peacekeeping activities. Over the years, India has provided more than 90,000 troops to 43 UN peacekeeping missions. Its participation in peacekeeping is not based on strategic interest but flows from a commitment to the UN and establishment of world peace.
The Exercise will be conducted in a 'Table Top' format with participants being exposed to various dimensions of peace support operations. Experts in multifarious aspects of UN operations will guide and direct the participants during the exercise which will conclude on 29 May 2008.