Friday, December 19, 2003

UN wants more Northern soldiers

UN Under Secretary for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno, wants more soldiers from first world armies for peacekeeping missions. It's not just that the UN needs more soldiers on the ground, it also needs the equippment these Northern soldiers would bring to the missions.
"The key is very specialised capacities," Mr Guehenno said. "For instance we need attack helicopters in operations that are deployed in unsettled contexts.

"The number of countries [militaries] in the developing world that have that capacity is limited. so this is typically the kind of capacity I'll be looking for in the months ahead".