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Monday, 16 February 2015

UN peacekeeping panel on review mission in Pakistan

Sartaj Aziz in a meeting with Chair of the United Nations’ High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations Jose Ramos-Horta on Monday, February 4, 2015.


ISLAMABAD: Chair of the United Nations’ High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations Jose Ramos-Horta has appreciated Pakistan’s longstanding contribution to UN peacekeeping, particularly lauding the dedication and professionalism of Pakistani peacekeepers, as it reviews the peacekeeping and political mission.

According to a statement released by the ministry of foreign affairs on Monday, Ramos-Horta met with Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the ministry in Islamabad on Monday.

Ramos-Horta, accompanied by two other members of the panel, Ameerah Haq and Abhijit Guha will hold consultations on the review of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political Missions, initiated by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

He said the panel would benefit from the views of major and experienced troop contributing countries like Pakistan.
Recalling Pakistan’s leading role and contribution for the maintenance of international peace and security, Aziz reaffirmed Pakistan’s continued commitment and support for UN peacekeeping, and shared Pakistan’s perspective on the peacekeeping, peace building and conflict prevention activities of the UN.

The Panel will make a comprehensive assessment of the UN peace operations and make recommendations to enhance their effectiveness in face of the evolving nature of conflict.

The delegation also met the defence minister and DG Military Operations.

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