The role of peacekeeping operations remains essential [fr]
OPEN VTC ON UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS
STATEMENT IN NATIONAL CAPACITY
BY MR NICOLAS DE RIVIERE
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL
New York, 4 June 2020
I would like to pay tribute, through Generals Gyllensporre, Tinaikar and O’brien, to all military component commanders who are carrying out their missions in particularly demanding, and often degraded conditions.
Despite the COVID-19 epidemic, some actors are continuing their destabilising actions. I commend the responsiveness of the Secretariat and of each PKO for having been able to adapt so quickly and effectively to this situation and to pursue the implementation of their mandates to the maximum of their means. The role of PKOs remains essential in such a context.
We see it in the protection of civilians. Both MINUSMA and UNMISS play a key role in this regard. Both have maintained their activities, despite numerous cases of COVID-19 within the Mission for the former and significant restrictions of movement for the latter. France also condemns these violations of the SOFA and welcomes the fact that things are now improving.
General Gyllenspore, following the Force Generation Conference, according to you, what new capabilities among those announced will make a difference on the ground? What do you still need?
General Tinaikar, how is the Force adapting to the upsurge in inter-communal violence? UNMISS also plays a key role in the fight against sexual violence, which can serve as an example for other PKOs. What lessons and good practices have you learned from UNMISS’ work on this issue?
The importance of PKOs is also seen through their political mandate. In Mali, the Force is playing a leading role in supporting the redeployment of the reconstituted Malian army. This process would not take place without MINUSMA. General Gyllenspore, how do you foresee the continuation of the DDR process and the redeployment of the reconstituted Malian army?
UNDOF, for its part, plays an essential role in liaising between the parties on both sides of the ceasefire line. Despite the constraints imposed by COVID-19, it is important that it be able to resume and intensify its inspection activities in the Bravo Zone, and that the various restrictions placed on it be lifted.
In conclusion, I praise the courage of the peacekeepers who have managed to continue their missions, often working, within these three operations, in a very tense environment.