Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Ambassador Munir Akram addressed the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit on Thursday, where he highlighted Pakistan’s stellar contributions to the UN Peacekeeping Missions, and urged for the inclusion of UN Police for conflict resolution.
The ambassador spoke about the key challenges faced by the UN peacekeeping forces through the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) forum. “A spirit of mutual and respective responsibility is at the core of A4P , and nowhere is this more important than pursuing durable solutions to conflict and instability,” he addressed the General Assembly Hall, as per the APP.
In a reference to the unresolved Kashmir conflict, he said, “The Security Council has been unable to develop political solutions to several old and new disputes, including the one where one of the oldest UN Missions — the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) — is stationed.”
He called for the inclusion of UN Police in the peacekeeping operations and other dialogues, especially in areas where deep mistrust in the security forces was at the root of the conflict.
Ambassador Munir said that the development of the institutional capacity of the host states as well as active reforms and policies would ensure that the UN Police is successful in conducting their work to protect people and sustain peace by conflict resolution.
He also said that Pakistan was proud to have contributed over 200,000 troops and police personnel in nearly 46 peacekeeping missions, and mentioned Shahzadi Gulfam, who was the first Pakistani policewoman to be the recipient of the International Female Police Keepers Award in 2011.