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Need for dedicated counter-IED resources for peacekeeping missions facing threats: India

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

With UN missions suffering casualties due to use of improvised explosive devices, has said there is a need for dedicated counter-IED resources for missions facing such threats and for upgrading the of camps.

in to the UN Sandeep Kapoor said that an analysis of the fatal casualties among personnel in the last four years indicate that at least a quarter of them were due to (IED) attacks.

"While a number of initiatives have been taken to incorporate Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) measures in the field, we feel that there is a requirement of dedicated counter-IED resources for missions facing such threats. There should also be concerted efforts to upgrade the of camps as a number of casualties have been related to direct attacks on the security camps," he said while speaking at a Security on Operations here Wednesday.

He said peacekeeping is one of the key instruments available to UN in discharging its responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

Highlighting the impact of caveats on performance, he said caveats have a direct impact on the fulfillment of a peacekeeping mission's mandate as they limit the Force Commander's ability to employ forces in an optimal manner.

"Therefore, we need to do away with all caveats as it is not possible to fairly assess the performance of peacekeepers operating at different levels," he said.

Kapoor said welcomes the initiative ?to improve effectiveness of peacekeeping operations by assessing performance using Performance Data.

He added that while the present measures in the Integrated Performance Policy Framework (IPPF) will address all the performance parameters related to stakeholders during the implementation of mandates, feels that it is equally important to incorporate performance of all stakeholders involved from the formulation of mandates such as framing of prioritised, sequenced and achievable mandates, aspects related to ensuring a fair and transparent selection process and dissemination of realistic training guidelines.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 12:15 IST
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