India raises concern over increasing IED attacks on UN peacekeepers
India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal told a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council that in the last four years, of the 176 fatal casualties due to acts of violence, 43 were due to IED attacks.india Updated: Mar 29, 2018 11:44 IST
India has expressed concern over the rising improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on UN peacekeepers and called for deploying resources to protect troops against them.
The IED attacks are a “very serious concern”, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal told a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on peacekeeping on Wednesday.
“In the last four years, of the 176 fatal casualties due to acts of violence, 43 were due to lED attacks. We believe missions facing IED threats should have dedicated resources for counter-IED,” Lal said.
In November 2016 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 32 Indian peacekeepers from 16 Punjab Regiment were injured by a suspected IED. Seven Bangladeshi peacekeepers were killed by IEDs in Mali — four last month and three in September.
Besides upgrading security of the camps, better medical facilities and air evacuation with night-time flight capability should be available to help the victims, Lal said.
While the nature of the armed conflicts and the environment in which peacekeepers are being deployed are changing, the political will to implement changes to peacekeeping operations is missing, Lal added.
He criticised the Council for “serious chronic shortcomings of the lack of clarity of mandates” and inadequate consultations with troop-contributing countries. Not enough was being done to find political solutions for building and sustaining peace, he said.
“The success of UN peacekeeping should be judged by the capability of missions to sustain peace by enabling political solutions through integrated responses,” Lal said.
This would require the shared responsibility of the UN Secretariat, the Security Council and countries providing personnel to peacekeeping operations, he added.