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23 FEBRUARY 2011
PH REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING, PUSHES FOR PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN
23 February 2011 , New York – The Philippines reaffirmed its commitment to take an active part in the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations through the deployment of Filipino peacekeepers to conflict areas.
This, despite growing challenges such as limited resources, loss of lives, and attacks against peacekeepers on the ground.
“The Philippine Government and the Filipino people remain committed to the agreement we forged with the United Nations to support peacekeeping missions through the rapid deployment of police and military personnel to conflict-ridden parts of the world,” Carlos D. Sorreta, Charg é d’Affaires of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations, told delegates at the second day of the General Debate of the 2011 Substantive Session of the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations held at the UN headquarters.
The Substantive Session, which commenced on February 22 and will end on March 18, aims to come up with recommendations on how to further strengthen UN peacekeeping operations.
“The Philippines intends to stay the course despite mounting challenges including limited resources and loss of lives. We condemn the loss of lives of soldiers and police personnel resulting from violent attacks against peacekeepers. This, in no way, alters our resolve to bring peace and stability in countries in conflict and we are committed to closely working with the United Nations to ensure the safety and security of our dedicated and valiant peacekeepers,” CDA Sorreta said.
Last year, the deployment of Filipino personnel to UN peacekeeping missions hit an all-time high. They are currently serving in Haiti, Darfur, Cote D’Ivoire, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Liberia, and in the Golan.
To address the urgent need to match mandates with resources, CDA Sorreta urged the more developed Member States of the world body to fulfill their obligations as members of the family of nations and contribute to the promotion of peace through their active participation in peacekeeping missions.
He also expressed the Philippines’ readiness to actively participate and contribute to discussions and consultations, armed with its expertise and experience as troop- and police-contributing country.
CDA Sorreta also welcomed the increasing participation of women in peacekeeping operations and lauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his efforts to encourage Member States to deploy more female peacekeepers.
“We call on Member States to implement the Guidelines in Integrating a Gender Perspective into the Work of the United Nations Military in Peacekeeping’ launched last year aimed at harnessing the operational expertise of both male and female military personnel to achieve optimum operational effectiveness,” he said.
CDA Sorreta was joined by Lt.Col. Maxima O. Ignacio, Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Installation and Logistics of the Department of National Defense. END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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