PM: (Pakistan vows support to UN peacekeeping efforts in war zones)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has pledged to support United Nations (UN) peacekeeping efforts for its forces in war zones.

Addressing the UN Peacekeeping Summit co-chaired along with President Barack Obama at the UN Headquarters in New York, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has all along supported efforts for reforms and strengthening of UN Peacekeeping forces, says a press release received from New York here on Tuesday.

He said we are committed to provide unmanned aerial vehicles to enhance capabilities related to protection of civilian and military personnel. He said Pakistan has consistently figured among the top troop contributors to the United Nations.

The Prime Minister said our professional, well-trained and competent peace keepers are deployed in the most difficult theatres, staying the course in Liberia, even during the Ebola outbreak.

He said Pakistan also remains committed to contribute to UN police requirements in the future. He endorsed Pakistan’s full support to the initiative of UN peace keeping Capability Readiness System.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan would continue deployment of precious assets to ensure rapid deployment. The Prime Minister said Pakistan considers modern technology an important component of peacekeeping.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon briefed the Summit on peace keeping operations, its successes and difficulties.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Obama observed that there is need for mobilization of resources to retain peacekeeping as an effective tool for the maintenance of international peace and security. They noted that UN Peacekeeping, despite its successes, faces new challenges in a rapidly changing strategic scenario.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the inaugural session of the UN General Assembly debate along with other world leaders. On this occasion, he also had informal exchange of views with leaders of other countries.

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