Armed groups playing spoiler to peace efforts globally: IndiaSeptember 08, 2016 20:51
India today said armed groups and non-state actors were playing 'spoilers' to peace efforts globally and sought qualitative improvement in the performance of UN peacekeeping contingents, staff and mission leadership.
Addressing the Defence Ministers' meeting in London, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre referred to the pledge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York last year that India will provide troops for UN peacekeeping purposes.
He drew attention to the challenges being faced by UN peacekeeping operations with armed groups and non-state actors playing 'spoilers' to peace efforts, an official statement said.
United Nations peacekeeping missions are no longer benign and humanitarian tasks are a major facet of current missions, he said.
Bhamre exhorted the UN to work in sync with host governments as otherwise it could lead to greater turbulence.
He also stressed the need of bringing about qualitative improvement in the performance of United Nations contingents, staff and mission leadership.