UNSC chaired by India unanimously accepts peacekeeping documents

United Nations . The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) chaired by India on Wednesday unanimously accepted two very important documents related to peacekeeping. Simultaneously, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar underlined that India believes in doing what it says when it comes to security and peacekeepers. Jaishankar, the current chairman of the Security Council, chaired an open debate on peacekeeping on the topic of ‘protecting defenders’.

During the meeting, the resolution on ‘Accountability for Crimes Against UN Peacekeepers’ and the Presidential Statement on ‘Technology for Peacekeeping’, the first document of its kind in the Security Council on the subject, was adopted. The resolution on ‘Accountability for Crimes Against UN Peacekeepers’ was drafted by India and co-sponsored by all members of the Security Council. Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday that a ‘UN peacekeeper’ has proved to be the most effective way to move on the difficult path from war to peace.

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Jaishankar made this statement after paying homage to peacekeepers who lost their lives in the line of duty at the UN Peacekeepers Memorial here. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also present along with the Indian Foreign Minister. Jaishankar said, “At a time as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the UN has the most effective measures in the form of peacekeepers to assist host countries to move from war to peace.”

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India is currently the chair of the Security Council and as such, Jaishankar on Wednesday chaired an open debate on technology and peacekeeping on the topic of ‘protecting the defenders’. The Security Council, for the first time in nearly 40 years, approved two important documents on peacekeeping under the chairmanship of India. Jaishankar said that since 1948 till now more than one million peacekeepers have served under the flag of United Nations. He said, “United Nations peacekeeping is a uniquely global partnership. In this, the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Secretariat, the military and police, and the governments of the host countries come together to strive for international security and peace.

“Its power lies in the legitimacy of the UN Charter and in contributing countries that provide valuable resources,” Jaishankar said. Guterres said he thanked India “for honoring the sacrifices of peacekeepers at the peacekeeping memorial today”. He said that strengthening the security of peacekeepers is top of his priority. The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, whose responsibility is to maintain international peace and security.

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