Today, at the UN Security Council debate on enhancing the efficiency of peacekeeping missions, in New York, Luik said that the current principles governing the carrying out of UN peacekeeping missions must be modernised. In the new security environment there are no clear dividing lines, with the case often being peace-building rather than peacekeeping.
‘It should be noted that in comparison with missions carried out in other crisis hotspots, UN peacekeeping units are often inadequately equipped and prepared,' said Luik.
Following the bilateral meeting on operations support with Atul Khare, Under-Secretary General for the United Nations Department of Field Support, Luik stated that the successful execution of peacekeeping missions requires that Security Council mandates be more realistic and take into consideration the characteristics of a specific crisis.
He said that granting greater decision-making power to unit commanders present in crisis areas would also be of benefit, whose recommendations could also be taken into greater consideration when preparing mandates.
Estonia is currently participating in three peacekeeping missions – UNIFIL in Lebanon, UNTSO in the Middle East, and MINUSMA in West Africa – with a total of 44 servicemen.
‘A stable and peaceful international security environment is essential to Estonia. This is why we have always taken peacekeeping missions seriously and supported them within the limits of our abilities,' added Luik.
Minister of Defence Luik also met bilaterally with Hamed Bakayoko, Minister of Defence for Ivory Coast, to discuss UN Security Council topics. Minister Bakayoko welcomed Estonia's future contribution to the French led operation Barkhane.
In addition, Luik gave a speech today at the Institute for International Peace Studies on the topic of the European security situation in the current century.
Tomorrow, Luik will be meeting bilaterally with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Miroslav Jenča, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
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