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Nat'l peacekeeping strategy on cards: PM
Hasina wants wider role for BD in UN mission
Published :Wednesday, 30 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 53
Staff Correspondent
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday co-chaired a summit on 'Peacekeeping Operations' with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, revealed plans of Bangladesh on the issue of 'Peacekeeping Operations' at the summit at UN headquarters in New York.
Prime Minister informed the summit that the Bangladesh is adopting a national peacekeeping strategy to enhance its role at the policy-making level, according to a message received in Dhaka form the US.
"Drafting of the national peacekeeping strategy is in the final stage. Bangladesh, which contributes highest number of peacekeepers to UN, is now ready to play more influential role," she told the summit.
In addition to its strong field presence at the United Nations peace missions, she continued, "Bangladesh is firmly committed to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations. As per that commitment Bangladesh quickly deployed its troops in Mali, DR Congo and Central African Republic."
Reiterating her commitment to implement all the suggestions which have been given by the UN Secretary-General, Prime Minister also endorsed the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call to all member nations to work together to establish peace around the world.
Stressing on giving top most priority to the security of the peacekeepers, Sheikh Hasina said, "It is not acceptable for any kind of 'sexual misconducts' of peacekeepers and it is to be shown zero tolerance."
Bangladesh was giving emphasis on modernising peacekeeping mission by introducing new technologies, Prime Minister said, "Bangladesh-based Institute for Peace Support Operations and Training (BIPSOT) will be developed as a centre of excellence for training of peacekeeping forces, particularly women."
The Prime Minister further stated that Bangladesh was committed to provide training and technical support to army and police personnel of other countries.
Bangladesh is ready to send more peacekeepers to world peace activism, Sheikh Hasina also urged the world community, "Bangladesh plans to send more women peacekeepers members from the police and the armed forces to UN peacekeeping."
She said Bangladesh was also committed to protect civilians, and gender and human rights issues.
Recalling some pledges Dhaka made in last year's summit, Prime Minister said Bangladesh was committed to provide army's infantry battalions, police units, transport helicopters, engineering and maritime units, and other possible assets to the peacekeeping missions.
Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Rwanda and Uruguay also took part in the discussion.

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