India cautions against premature withdrawal of UN missions

October 13th, 2011 - 11:09 am ICT by IANS  

United Nations, Oct 13 (IANS) Decrying a tendency to ask UN missions “to do more with less”, India has called for vital security sector reform for establishing enduring peace and stability in a post-conflict peace-building phase.

“Pre-mature drawdown or withdrawal of UN missions against the wishes of the host countries before the domestic institutions are fully capable of assuming their role risks relapse into conflict,” Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur told the UN Security Council Wednesday.

“The role of the United Nations in Security Sector Reform must be based on its biggest strength - impartiality, equity and non-interference,” she said asserting following these principles, the UN system and the missions authorised by the Security Council will command respect and confidence of all stakeholders.

It was also important to recognize that there are countries that possess wide experience in implementing Security Sector capacity development in multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual societies, giving primacy to human rights and the rule of law, Kaur said.

In addition to uniformed services, the UN should also tap governments of such countries for secondment of human resources in all areas of SSR as their experiences are very similar and relevant to the challenges facing the countries on the agenda of the Security Council, she said.

The international community should clearly demonstrate its staying power and commitment to make available required resources for full implementation of operational plans for Security Sector Reform, Kaur said.

Operational plans should also comprehensively factor political, socio-economic and cultural moorings of the country concerned based on interests of the national stakeholders, she said.

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