JAMMU: Pakistan has pledged for expanding the United Nations Military Observer Mision in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) which monitors the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, to enable the mission deal with the increasing tensions in the disputed region.
Speaking in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping, Pakistan’s ambassador to United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi said the UNMOGIP is a key factor for stability in the region.
“This (UNMOGIP) needs to be expanded to respond to existing threats and realities,” she said.
The Special Committee on Peacekeeping is a unique forum that brings together all peacekeeping stakeholders, policy contributors, Security Council members and the United Nations Secretariat to highlight every aspect of peacekeeping.
While underlining the need for political solution, Maleeha said peace without addressing the root cause of problem is impossible
The goal of protection of civilians is best served by preventing the occurrence of armed conflicts in the first place, addressing the root causes of conflicts, and finding overall political solutions to disputes, she said.
“Peacekeeping needs to be strengthened through support for political solutions and mediation processes,” ambassador maintained.
Maleeha also expressed the concern over the growing threats to the safety of security of United Nations peacekeepers that were increasingly being deployed in the complex operating environment.
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