UN officials have expressed interest in recruiting more peacekeepers from Bangladesh in the future. They also praised the professionalism, ethics and discipline of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers.
According to the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Bangladesh Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed has held bilateral meetings with a number of officials at the UN headquarters on various issues related to peacekeeping operations. At the time, UN officials expressed this view.
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During a visit to the UN headquarters in New York on April 25 and 26, UN Under-Secretary-General for Security and Safety Gilles Michaud, Acting Military Adviser Maj. The chief of staff met with General Christian Sanders and police adviser Luis Ribeiro Carrillho.
The meeting highlighted various aspects of the significant contribution of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in the UN peacekeeping operations for a long time.
During the meeting, the Chief of Army Staff highlighted Bangladesh’s constitutional commitment to world peacekeeping. Recruitment of more Bangladeshi peacekeepers including women peacekeepers in peacekeeping missions, high level leadership in peacekeeping operations from Bangladesh, participation in peacekeeping missions jointly with other peacekeeping countries, deployment of armed personnel carriers from Bangladesh, recruitment of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in various political missions including guard units The Chief of Army Staff also called for the recruitment of skilled and experienced officers of the Bangladesh Army in the Safety and Operational Support Department and the recruitment of more Police Contingents and Individual Police Officers (IPOs) from Bangladesh.
The Chief of Army Staff mentioned that the peacekeepers of Bangladesh were selected through a very strict electoral process and sent to the mission with advanced training.
The Acting Military Adviser highly praised the professionalism, ethics and discipline of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers and said that these are the reasons why Bangladesh is at the forefront of world peacekeeping operations. He expressed interest in recruiting more peacekeepers from Bangladesh in future.
ASG Khaled Khiari praised Bangladesh’s leadership in the Peace Building Commission and Peacekeeping. He also lauded the government and people of Bangladesh for transitioning from the LDC category and providing humanitarian shelter to the displaced Rohingyas.
During the talks, the Acting Military Adviser and the ASG of the Department of Political and Peace Building Affairs requested a speedy deployment of an aviation contingent from the Bangladesh Army to the UN peacekeeping mission and the Chief of Army Staff agreed in principle.
When the army chief proposed to replace the long-used weapons and equipment in the peacekeeping mission’s Bangladeshi contingents with new ones, the officials agreed. As a result, this long-awaited issue is going to be resolved, which will play a significant role in enhancing the capacity, security and morale of Bangladeshi peacekeepers.
ASG Christian Sanders praised the professionalism and logistical capability of the peacekeepers in Bangladesh. He hoped for Bangladesh’s assistance in building the capacity of other peacekeeping countries, including deploying Bangladeshi helicopter contingents in various missions.
Police Adviser Luis Ribeiro Carrilho praised the Bangladeshi police personnel engaged in peacekeeping operations and expressed interest in recruiting more Bangladeshi police personnel.
On the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the UN Headquarters, benches and planters set up in the name of Bangabandhu visited the tree-loss lucast.