Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi
Peacekeeping UN's method to protect int'l peace, security - Al-Otaibi
NEW YORK-- Peacekeeping operations are the UN's most vital method to protect international peace and security, said Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi.
The official's remarks were made in his speech at the UN Security Council's (UNSC) session on peacekeeping reforms late Wednesday.
He noted that the council must respect the approval of countries to deploy peacekeeping forces on their lands, be neutral, use forces to defend one's self and exert all efforts to defend and protect the rights of civilians.
Al-Otaibi stressed on the importance of cooperation between UNSC and the UN General Secretariat to create reforms.
He added that to achieve sustainable peace it is necessary to deploy well-trained and prepared individuals and set a number of fixed policies in dealing with situations facing the peacekeeping forces.
The past seven decades are rich with peacekeeping achievements where the UN missions were able to execute their duties with the least possible amount of casualties or material damage, he said.
In this matter, the ambassador mentioned the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) from 1991 to 2003.