Monday, 05 June 2023 07:46 GMT

Swiss Minister Defends Peace Missions At UN Security Council

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“Peace missions are an essential instrument of this Council for peace and security in the world,” the head of the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) said in her speech to the UN Security Council. She stressed their importance in Africa in particular, and underlined Switzerland's interest to use its mandate in the UN's most powerful body to increase cooperation with the region.

There is a need for“predictable, sustainable and flexible funding” for peace missions, the Swiss defence minister said as she chaired a special briefing on Africa. She welcomed a proposal to use compulsory contributions from UN member states to advance peace missions.

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Earlier in the day she honoured peacekeepers killed in various countries during a wreath-laying ceremony led by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. She also called for a moment of silence in the Council on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of peacekeeping missions.

The oldest UN peacekeeping mission was first deployed in 1948 to maintain the cease-fire in the Middle East. In 2021, Major General Patrick Gauchat was asked to lead this mission, making him the first Swiss officer to head a UN peacekeeping mission.


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