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04 JUNE 2008
RP BOOSTS PARTICIPATION IN UN PEACEKEEPING WITH
COMMITMENT TO DEPLOY 100 PNP OFFICERS TO DARFUR
NEW YORK—The Philippines is boosting its participation in United Nations peacekeeping operations with its recent commitment to deploy an additional 100 police officers to support UN efforts in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.
In its report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said it has formally informed the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) of Manila's intention to contribute 100 more officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to support the UN African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN, said the deployment of the latest batch of Filipino peacekeepers underscores the Philippine Government's commitment to help find a solution to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
Ambassador Davide said Philippine participation in UNAMID, which is touted to be the biggest UN peacekeeping operation ever assembled by the UN, will bolster the standing of the Philippines as one of the largest, if not the largest, provider of individual police officers to UN peacekeeping operations.
UN statistics as of the end of April 2008 show that PNP officers account for 274 of the 627 Filipino peacekeepers deployed in various UN mission areas abroad. The 100 officers are in addition to the 42 officers that were deployed to Darfur earlier this year.
Ambassador Davide said the Philippine contribution is in response to the request made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon during his meeting with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the sides of the 62nd UN General Assembly in September and during the meeting between UN Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Jean Marie Guehenno and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo in New York in November.
With this new commitment, UNAMID will host the largest number of Filipino police officers, overtaking the UN Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) where 131 PNP officers are presently serving. The remaining Filipino police peacekeepers are assigned in UN missions in Afghanistan, Cote d' Ivoire, Darfur, Georgia, Haiti, Kosovo, Liberia, Nepal, Sudan and Timor Leste.
In addition to individual police officers, the Philippines has 23 military and staff officers and 330 troops serving in the UN peacekeeping missions in Cote d' Ivoire, Darfur, Liberia, Sudan and Timor Leste, putting it in the list of the top 30 troop/police contributing countries. ###
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