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Fiji has reaffirmed its commitment to global peacekeeping efforts to the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking during the Council’s debate on peacekeeping operations, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Dr. Satyendra Prasad said Fiji has always and will continue to consistently contribute to the noblest ideal of the mission of the UN, and that was to maintain peace.
The debate took place against the backdrop of the recent push to strengthen UN peace operations, marked by the 2015 report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) and by the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ reform initiatives regarding the UN’s peace and security architecture.
Dr Prasad added that Fiji has never shied away from its peacekeeping obligations with the UN, adding that the internationalisation of conflicts only underscores further the central role the UN plays in the resolution of conflicts.
“In a more integrated world, the UN and its Security Council remains the most uniquely placed organisation to resolve conflicts and build and sustain peace.”
“This debate is therefore so fundamental in restating the basic truth. We need to remind ourselves of the great responsibilities that the Charter of the UN places on this Council every day,” Dr Prasad said.
With conflicts becoming more complex and global, Dr Prasad said the UN had the centralized capability to design peacekeeping interventions, secure political support and mandates, and secure financial commitment to sustain peacekeeping efforts long enough for politics and development to take over.
“When the UN does peacekeeping well, we save lives, we promote development and we demonstrate progress across the relevant SDG’s. When we do peacekeeping poorly – too many lives are lost, human development regresses, communities are worse off and politics and development fail their communities.”
“When peacekeepers fall short of the high standards expected of them, they fail people and communities that they have been mandated to protect. They weaken the chances of success of the overall mission.”
Dr Prasad informed the Security Council that “Fiji takes its peacekeeping responsibilities extremely seriously and is making consistent efforts to improve performance and standards.” We will stay with this.
“As a small but significant troop contributing country, we have an obligation to do a lot more to lift performance and discharge duties and obligations to the highest standards expected and demanded by this Council. These standards are ours as well,” Dr Prasad said.
He also took the opportunity to commend the United Kingdom, Russia, China, US, Australia and New Zealand for assisting Fiji to strengthen its peacekeeping capabilities, preparedness and skills and leadership and human rights.
Fiji is working with all Permanent Members in the Security Council to strengthen our Peacekeeping capabilities, preparedness and skills. I take this opportunity to thank the UK, Russia, China, US and France for the considerable support you are all providing to Fiji.
He added that the Hon. Prime Minister had assured the UN Secretary General that Fiji will commit itself to improving its peacekeeping capabilities through sustained and solid progress and Fiji remains steadfast in this commitment and its contributions to maintaining international peace.
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