Recruit more peacekeepers in key posts - Dhaka urges UN

Bangladesh on 25 July 2014
Location : Bangladesh | Source : Daily Star. Image Source: flickr user v i p e z

Dhaka has requested the United Nations to recruit Bangladeshi peacekeepers in 'policy and commanding-level' posts in the coming days.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam made the request to visiting under-secretary-general and head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) of the UN Hervé Ladsous during a meeting at the foreign ministry yesterday.

"They are considering a Bangladeshi peacekeeper at deputy-commander level and he [Ladsous] hoped that a positive outcome would come soon in this regard," Shahriar told reporters after the meeting.

Responding to a question, the state minister said they are considering increasing Bangladeshi peacekeepers in African countries.

"It's still at the working level," he said adding that they were considering two destinations -- Mali and Central African Republic -- where Bangladeshi peacekeepers will be deployed.

The state minister said Ladsous highly appreciated Bangladesh's role in the UN peacekeeping missions. "He especially applauded female peacekeepers' contributions," added the state minister.

Shahriar said some 7,083 armed forces members and 1,758 police members, including 218 female police, are now deployed in UN peacekeeping missions abroad. The UN wants to increase the number of female peacekeepers in the missions.

The state minister thanked the UN for increasing financial benefits for the peacekeepers that took place after 18 years.

Bangladesh also wanted to know how effectively and efficiently the country can contribute to the UN peacekeeping missions.

In response, Ladsous laid emphasis on 'speed of deployment' in which Bangladesh is a unique example. He also talked about language skill, especially French.

Replying to another question on Ameerah Haq, Ladsous said she worked very efficiently in her 38-year long UN career and it was usual to go on retirement.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker also requested Herve Ladsous to incorporate Bangladeshi peacekeepers in policy-making level posts in peacekeeping missions when the latter made a courtesy call on him at the police headquarters yesterday morning.

The UN under-secretary-general gave assurance in this regard, according to a press release of the police headquarters.

Ladsous praised the members of Bangladesh Police serving in peacekeeping missions in different countries for their efficiency, professionalism, sincerity and bravery.

He said the UN will continue its cooperation with Bangladesh for modernising the police force.

Hassan Mahmood Khandker said members of Bangladesh Police have a glorious role in establishing peace in different war-torn countries throughout the world.

Ladsous arrived here on Tuesday night on a three-day official visit. He is scheduled to meet President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the chiefs of the three services.

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