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STATEMENT BY MAJOR  GENERAL  RAGCHAA GUR  ( Military Adviser )

REPRESENTATIVE OF MONGOLIA IN THE SPECIAL POLITICAL AND DISARMAMENT COMMITTEE

COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE WHOLE QUESTION OF PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS IN ALL THEIR ASPECTS

61st SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

NEW YORK

 

25 OCTOBER 2006

  

Mr. Chairman,

 

Since my delegation is taking the floor for the first time I would like to take this opportunity express my delegation’s sincere congratulations to you and other members of the bureau on your election. I am confident that under your able leadership this committee will be able to accomplish its goals.

 

My delegation associates itself with the statement made by Morocco on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement.   

 

My delegation also joins other delegations in thanking Mr. Jean-Marie Guehenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, for his presentation to this Committee on the current situation and progress of UN peacekeeping operations. I should especially like to commend the lucidity and analytical nature of his presentation.

 

            Mr. Chairman,

 

Peacekeeping is becoming one of the core and a flagship activity of the UN. Peacekeeping is more of embodiment of the promise of peace and security that this Organization brings to people in conflict stricken communities.

 

The scope and range of today’s UN peacekeeping operations is staggering. Moreover, one can see that the potential for growth has not reached its ceiling as PKOs continue to expand both in terms of numbers and quality.

 

Our debate today is, thus, of immense importance. We face a dilemma of meeting the ever-surging demand with the limited resources at hand, while keeping and further improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the peacekeeping operations. Under-Secretary-General Guehenno addressed these issues in his presentation and made a few interesting proposals that my delegation stands ready to discuss further.  We share the vision of 2 strategic priorities –that is the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations and exit strategy. We also support the proposal to great a professional and effective management capacity.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

The significance of quality training for peacekeeping personnel cannot be underestimated. Good progress was made through the Integrated Training Service over this year in this area.

 

Training is also at the heart of activities that my country is taking to develop its peacekeeping capabilities. We have, for example, introduced the United Nations Peacekeeping Training Standards for all pre-deployment training programs for our troops. This training program has been implemented for consequent deployments of our peacekeepers on the ground, as well as in the bilateral and multinational training exercises organized in the country.

 

Mongolia has also been pursuing an ambitious goal to establish a Regional Peacekeeping Training Center in Ulaanbaatar. The regional center is intended at offering a training ground for regional militaries to improve their interoperability and supporting the United Nations’ peacekeeping training efforts. Having close bilateral relations with all regional nations, Mongolia could provide a training ground for regional military to enhance their tactics, techniques and procedures for the United Nations peacekeeping operations.

 

It is gratifying to note that our training center has hosted various international peacekeeping exercises annually since 2002. Most recently, in August 2006, we hosted at our Training Center a highly successful multinational command post exercise and tactical exercise. Needless to say, the UNDPKO Integrated Training Service was involved in it.

 

As a TCC participating in 5 UN PKOs, Mongolia is deeply concerned about the damage that the problem of sexual abuse and exploitation may inflict on the image of the United Nations and our troops if left unabated. This ugly phenomenon must not be allowed to undermine the high-profile of the United Nations peacekeeping efforts in the world, and most importantly on the ground.  My delegation welcomes therefore the efforts taken at the DPKO to tackle this problem. Allow me to underline here the role of pre-deployment training to avert the occurrence of such shameful acts. Mindful of this my Government ensures that our troops receive thorough instruction on issues of sexual exploitation and abuse as part of their pre-deployment training program.  

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

Under-Secretary-General Guehenno in his presentation touched upon the exit strategy for PKOs as a strategic priority of his department, an assertion that I cannot but support. I also agree with the delegation of Japan that “exit strategy is also important from the viewpoint of the effective allocation of limited resources”. Indeed, if PKOs continue to grow, both terms of personnel size and numbers of individual operations, at current pace for another few years without successful terminations of existing operations, the amount of human and financial resources needed to sustain such extensive global effort would be enormous.

 

Therefore, close coordination with the newly established Peacebuilding Commission will be of highest importance for successful exit strategies for PKOs. The key is to ensure that conditions for a lasting peace are already in place at a time of the operation’s termination, or else we run the risk of repeating the bitter lesson of Timor-Leste.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

Last but not least, allow me to express Mongolia’s resolve to further expand its participation in and contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping operations. My delegation takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to the United Nations and the DPKO for the continued assistance and support in developing our peacekeeping capabilities.

 

I thank you.