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.