Statement by Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, at the Security Council Debate on Peacekeeping Operations (9 September 2019)

Let me begin by thanking the Russian Presidency for organizing this Debate, and Under Secretary General Jean-Pierre Lacroix for his briefing this morning.

Mr. President,

Over the decades Peacekeeping has become the UNís flagship enterprise, and one of its pivotal tools to manage complex conflicts that pose a threat to international peace and security.

Because of their hard work, dedication and sacrifice Blue Helmets are now acknowledged and respected all over the world as an indispensable instrument of the UN.

Mr. President,

We have seen an increasing focus on improving the performance of peacekeeping over the past year, through the normative framework, and in terms of concepts such as agility and protection through projection, that are heavily reliant on additional expectations from Troop Contribution Countries (TCCs). It is after all the TCCs that are expected to provide equipment, impart adequate training, as well as ready them with the appropriate mindsets.

Pakistan has been a consistent and reliable TCC since 1960. We have contributed over 200,000 troops to 46 missions so far.

Additionally, we are also host one of the oldest Peacekeeping Missions, the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), that monitors the situation on either side of the Line of Control in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

UNMOGIPís role and importance has increased dramatically since Indiaís illegal de facto annexation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August, in flagrant violation of multiple Security Council resolutions. Its efficacy has also become consequential due to mounting ceasefire violations by Indian forces, which necessitates regular and formal reporting to the Council.

We appreciate the role UNMOGIP plays in maintaining regional stability. We also welcome the update on UNMOGIP provided by the Department of Peace Operations to the Security Council in its meeting on Jammu and Kashmir on 16 August.

It is important that the Council continues to closely monitor the situation, and also starts exploring options to strengthen UNMOGIP, and ensure that India also allows it the requisite freedom of access and movement, in order for it to fulfill its mandate.

Mr. President,

As a major TCC, we fully understand the rationale behind generating critical capabilities, increasing female participation and improving training.

Pakistan has met the UNís targets on female participation, and also recently deployed a female engagement team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

We are also deploying critical enablers, including air assets to a number of peacekeeping missions, and are participating in train-the-trainer programmes.

Allow me to make six key points here:

Mr. President,

We look forward to working with all stakeholders for our common objective of improving peacekeeping outcomes. The burden of responsibility should however be shared equitably to achieve the results we all want.

I thank you.