Pakistan calls for boosting UN police skills in preparation for quick deployment

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UNITED NATIONS, June 7 (APP): Pakistan has called for enhancing UN policing capabilities and filling up the gaps in resources and training and making them better prepared for quick deployment in places around the world where the rule of law is weak.

Speaking in the first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) on Current and Future Trends of UN Police, Shoaib Siddiqui, Special Secretary Ministry of Interior said that there was a greater need to address the needs of peacekeeping missions and administrative and financial matters of the member States.

More than 100 national police chiefs gathered at the UN Headquarters
in New York to chart the way forward for UNPOL to deliver greater impact on the ground. Today, 12,600 male and female police officers from 87 countries are deployed in 18 UN peace operations.

In his video message to the summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that around the world, brave police officers are making a difference by establishing the rule of law and paving the way for peace and sustainable development.

“From Kabul to Kinshasa – from Port-au-Prince to Pristina, United Nations Police work in some of the most challenging situations on earth,” he noted, acknowledging their work to protect communities, bring stability, and restore confidence.

Key partners and senior United Nations officials also joined the discussion, held in the UN General Assembly Hall, on how peace
operations and national policing complement and mutually reinforce each other when addressing current and emerging challenges, such as transnational threats.

Addressing the Summit on Ban’s behalf was Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, who said the police officers need to be well-prepared, well-equipped and well-trained. They need to be capacity builders and experienced leaders.

In his remarks, Siddiqui, the Pakistani representative, proposed
that the regional organizations should be encouraged for the deployment of rapid-reaction units of individual police officers and formed police units. Pakistan also called for clear and unambiguous mandates for UN Police for their successful implementation.

Siddiqui told the gathering that Pakistan had initiated many measures
to curb money laundering, organized crime, human smuggling and cross border interventions to promote peace and order. He said that the Minister for Interior was personally monitoring and leading efforts to attain desired goals.“All this is aimed to make our country in particular and the world in general a better and secure place to live,” he added.

Pakistan, he said, haD valuable experience in handling diverse and difficult conflict and post-conflict situations. “Our personnel have supported implementation of peace agreements, deterred spoilers through robust peacekeeping, assisted host states with rule of law, institution building, disarmament and demobilization of rebels, and
security sector reform, protected civilians, facilitated humanitarian assistance, provided social services, built infrastructure, and carried out quick impact projects,” he added.

The Special Secretary said that Pakistani peacekeepers had seen firsthand the inter-linkages between peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and the importance of credible peace processes in order for peacekeeping to deliver.

He expressed Pakistan’s full commitment to promote national and international peace saying that it had made great efforts and sacrifices towards this human and global cause. “We expect a more vibrant and significant role for Pakistan in peacekeeping missions,” he added.