Ban, Sushma Discuss Peace-Keeping

Fixing Problems of Workers Overseas is Priority: Sushma
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held discussions with the visiting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon focussing on the role and mandate of troop-contributing nations for peace-keeping operations and increasing their say in decision-making.
  • Syed Akbaruddin, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, told : This was a discussion which covered a lot of ground, helped us understand the U.N.’s perspective on a lot of things and it indicates our engagement on the global stage on a variety of issues.
  • Mr. Ban said a committee had been set up to look into all aspects of this issue and a report would be submitted in the next few months
  • India has been one of the largest contributors to U.N. peacekeeping missions; currently there are more than 8,000 Indian soldiers serving under the U.N. flag in ten of its 16 peacekeeping missions.
  • Mr. Ban raised the issue of ‘air component’ in peacekeeping operations.
  • India had earlier deployed helicopters in Congo, which it later withdrew in view of domestic requirements.
  • The second issue discussed was the coming summit on climate change in Paris at the year end.
  • Mr. Akbaruddin said: The Secretary General outlined that it was a priority for him and that all member-states focus on this and try to get an agreement as the talks have gone on for too long.
  • Ms. Swaraj explained the measures taken by India in terms of its own commitments to ensure that its development is sustainable.