Bangladesh takes approach on POC mandate
30 May 2015, Nirapad News: Bangladesh takes a pragmatic approach to the protection of civilians (POC) mandate for UN peacekeeping operations, and considers it to be an important yardstick for the legitimacy and credibility of peacekeeping missions.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said this at the International Conference on the Protection of Civilians being held in the Rwandan capital on May 28-29, said a press release.
The Conference is being held in follow up the Peacekeeping Summit that the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina co-Chaired with US Vice-President John Biden and other leaders in September 2014 in New York.
The State Minister underlined that while POC is essentially a national responsibility, peacekeepers should be seen to be proactive in this regard when the national authorities appear to be unable or unwilling to do so, without compromising on the impartiality principle peacekeeping operations.
State Minister Alam highlighted that Bangladeshi peacekeepers had effectively protected civilians in a number of conflict situations, often at great risks to themselves.
The State Minister referred to the measures taken by BIPSOT to incorporate POC into their training curricula and the recent customized training program organized in cooperation with the UN Mobile Training Team.
Bangladesh signaled her readiness to promote North-South and South-South cooperation with regard to POC related trainings.
The Conference was inaugurated by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and was attended, among others, by Josè Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor-Leste and Chair of the High-level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations.
Ministers and representatives of major troops, police and finance contributing countries, UN officials and independent experts attended the event.