UN condemns attacks by peacekeepers, calls for prosecution, security
Security Council condemns killings and attacks on UN peacekeepers in the strongest terms and calls for swift prosecution of those responsible
UNITED NATIONS – The Security Council on Monday condemned the killings and attacks on UN peacekeepers in the strongest terms and called for an expeditious prosecution of those responsible.
The council underscored the critical importance of safety and security for the more than 90,000 UN peacekeepers serving in 12 missions from Congo, South Sudan and Mali to the Middle East and India -Pakistan.
He said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and countries providing troops and police to peacekeeping operations should work together to ensure that peacekeepers have adequate resources and are equipped and trained to mitigate threats. , including landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices.
Since January 1, Lacroix said, 15 peacekeepers have lost their lives “due to malicious acts”.
“In addition to hostile environments and direct attacks, issues related to the safety of peacekeepers, such as vehicle crashes and illnesses, are also the causes of fatalities and can significantly affect soldiers’ ability to fight. peace to carry out their tasks, ”Lacroix said.
“In 2020, for example, 13 peacekeepers lost their lives due to acts of violence, compared to 15 due to accidents and 81 due to illness,” he said. “This has of course been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Lacroix said the technology has improved the readiness and capabilities of peacekeepers, including early warning systems and drones.
The United Nations has also made progress in supporting countries that host peacekeeping forces in their efforts to bring perpetrators of crimes against peacekeepers to justice. he said. As an example, six people were convicted in the Central African Republic in early 2020 and in March 2021, one person was convicted and eight others were convicted and sentenced in absentia, he said.
But Lacroix said, “Despite the progress made, many factors continue to hamper the safety and security of our peacekeepers on the ground. “
He called for the deployment of uniformed peacekeepers “without reservations” on their activities which compromise the safety and security of other peacekeepers “and the performance of our operations”.
He urged countries to deploy commanders “with significant operational experience”, trained military intelligence personnel and more female peacekeepers.
Lacroix also said countries should provide adequate equipment, in particular armed and utility helicopters, medically equipped planes and medical teams for forward operations, rapid reaction units and mine protected vehicles “as well as air intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities “.