Bangladesh’s roles in the UN Peacekeeping was acknowledged and appreciated in a conference in The Hague, The Netherlands on Monday.
UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix came up with the appreciation at the conference, said a press release.The conference titled “Preparatory Conference on Peacekeeping” was hosted jointly by the Netherlands and Rwanda.
The UN Under Secretary General, recalling his visit to Bangladesh, appreciated Bangladesh’s roles in the UN Peacekeeping as a major troops and police contributor.
Lacroix also appreciated the quality of professional trainings being conducted by the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations and Training (BIPSOT).
He wished to see more attention being provided in the affairs of safety of civilian population of the host country.
Earlier in the day Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld and Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of Rwanda to the Netherlands and Smail Cherugi, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security jointly inaugurated the conference.
About 70 countries including Bangladesh joined this Preparatory Conference on Peacekeeping where Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal led the Bangladesh delegation.The delegation includes Brig. Gen. Md. Nurul Anwar, Director General, Operations and Plan Directorate, Armed Forces Division and Dr. K H Mahid Uddin, Deputy Inspector General of Police of Bangladesh.
Ambassador Belal, in his statement, reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to the UN peacekeeping and relayed personal commitment of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about Bangladesh’s readiness to contribute troops and police in response to UN call for strengthening world peace and stability.