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Important to address resource gap in UN peacekeeping ops: India

Making a case for increasing financial and logistical resources for UN peacekeeping missions, India said the international community has to address the challenge of "resource gap" to ensure such operations remain "relevant" to current realities.

world Updated: Aug 27, 2011 22:56 IST

Making a case for increasing financial and logistical resources for UN peacekeeping missions, India said the international community has to address the challenge of "resource gap" to ensure such operations remain "relevant" to current realities.

UN peacekeeping faces a number of challenges with the "resource gap" being the central one and peacekeepers being asked to "do more with less", India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri said.

Ambitious agendas are not being backed with the required financial, operational and logistical resources, Puri added.

"This lack of resources tells on the operational effectiveness of peacekeeping and casts a shadow on the credibility of the Council's mandates. Mandates also need to be relevant to realities on the ground," he said.

Puri was speaking at an open debate on 'UN Peacekeeping Operations' that India, as the current President of the UN Security Council, had convened.

He said the Council should "seriously and urgently" consider suggestions that a two-stage mandate creation process be adopted that takes into account the complexities on the ground and matches these with resource requirements.

The need for in-depth consultations with troop and police contributing countries should be an integral part of the mandate generation process.