Washington: Recently India has called for the selection of peacekeepers for the United Nations (UN) campaigns more stringently and emphasized their professional ability to make it more effective. Syed Akbaruddin, India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said at a high-level meeting held here on Friday to improve the peace campaign, "India believes that it is important to join the peace campaign in a big way to increase global solidarity. Those who are engaged in all aspects of the global enterprise, there can be no substitute for their professional competence."
According to sources, India was one of the sponsors of the ceremony along with the US and four other countries, which historically contributed the largest number of messengers in UN peace operations. Akbaruddin said that when peacekeepers are deployed, minimum operational standards are needed as a benchmark and UN members should work together to establish it. He said that understanding the need for diversity in terms of deployment and some variations are also acceptable for this.
He also said that Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS) should be used as the only mechanism for selecting a soldier or police unit for deployment and which is outside this system, they should not be included. This will ensure that highly competent and qualified candidates will be able to join the peacekeepers.