NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan has expressed the confidence that the world body will ensure vaccination of all peacekeepers against COVID-19 quickly and equitably.
Addressing the plenary meeting of the special committee on Peacekeeping operations, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram said all our peacekeepers are essential workers.
He commended the UN for maintaining the continuity of UN peacekeeping and preserving the safety of peacekeepers, during the devastating COVID 19 crisis.
The Permanent Representative said the UN peacekeeping is a success story and Pakistan takes pride in its contributions of two hundred thousand peacekeepers in 46 UN Missions.
Munir Akram said the UN peacekeepers should be equipped with the best available capabilities including rapid reaction units, aviation, intelligence, hospitals, UAVs and satellite communications to ensure their safety and security.
Pakistan has a long history of sending its troops to various UN peacekeeping missions and has also been recognized as one of the largest contributors of troops and police for decades.
According to the UN, Pakistani troops are currently serving in seven UN operations, with the vast majority of them deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Darfur region of Sudan and the Central African Republic.