‘Peacekeeping’: A Cancer on the World

 

Editorial Comment

If this “peacekeeping” cancer isn’t removed, it will metastasize all over the world. Will Syria be next?

Nice piece of work this Herve Ladsous. As the spokesman for the French foreign ministry during the run-up to the Haiti coup of 2004, it was Ladsous who called for Aristide to step down. Ladsous was also the one to announce that France was about to

“put together an interim government and an international force to restore order.”

Now we know that it was mostly about stealing Haiti’s gold. For more on the breadth and growth of this mercenary force for the world’s elites, including an UPDATE with the budget proposed in June 2012, read on.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

Ladsous to head UN ‘peacekeeping’

By Patrick Worsnip
Reuters via SwissInfo

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Veteran French diplomat Herve Ladsous was appointed Friday as the new head of United Nations peacekeeping, preserving France’s leadership of a key department at the world body.

Ladsous, currently chief of staff to French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, replaces Alain Le Roy, who held the job for three years and left last month. Le Roy’s predecessor, Jean-Marie Guehenno, was also French.

Under an unofficial but generally accepted practice at the United Nations, major powers lay claim to certain key jobs.

With an annual budget of some $7 billion (4.3 billion pounds), peacekeeping is one of the most high-profile U.N. departments, with about 120,000 personnel around the world, most of them uniformed troops and police and many of them in Africa.

It faces challenges including uncooperative governments, attacks by militias and sporadic allegations of sexual misconduct and illicit trading.

Ladsous, a Chinese-speaking Asia specialist, was French ambassador to Indonesia from 2001 to 2003 and to China from 2006 to 2010. He has also had postings in Australia, Haiti and at the French U.N. missions in Geneva and New York.

A statement announcing the appointment by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Ladsous

“brings to the (U.N.) position an acute political judgement, strong crisis-management capacities, especially in the area of peacekeeping, (and) a profound understanding of the challenges facing the United Nations.”

“His capacity to build consensus is recognized by his peers all over the world,” it added.

Editing by Vicki Allen

Source: Reuters via SwissInfo

Areas with UN armies of occupation

The UN Department of “Peacekeeping” Operations (DPKO) is charged with occupying 17 countries on four continents.

Africa

  • United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS)
  • United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)
  • UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
  • African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)
  • UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)
  • UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
  • UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)
  • UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

Americas

  • UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

Asia and the Pacific

  • UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT)
  • UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
  • UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) — supposedly a political mission

Europe

  • UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
  • UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

Middle East

  • UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)
  • United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
  • UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)

‘Peacekeeping’ budget recommended on June 13, 2012

GA/AB/4034

The Fifth [UN Budget] Committee today concluded its second resumed substantive session by recommending financial arrangements for 14 United Nations peacekeeping operations, which, once endorsed by the General Assembly, would total slightly more than $7 billion. [This means that the 'peacekeeping' budget slightly increased, compared to the rest of the UN budget. DC]

Continuing to perform its important duties as what Chairman Michel Tommo Monthe (Cameroon) referred to as, effectively, “the United Nations Ways and Means Committee,” the key budgetary body also forwarded other decisions to the Assembly for action, including financing for four political missions, a revised rest and recuperation cycle for staff at duty stations where “danger pay” applied, and a one-time supplemental payment of nearly $60 million over the next year to troop contributing countries.

While approving the peacekeeping budgets through 14 separate provisional draft resolutions that would be updated and reissued with precise figures prior to final action by the Assembly, the Committee took note of a document forwarded by the Secretary-General outlining the resources to be approved for each mission through 30 June 2012, including the prorated shares of the peacekeeping support account and of the United Nations Logistics base in Brindisi, Italy (document A/C/5/66/17).

The note sets out the appropriations as follows:

Mission: Total Appropriation

MINURSO ( Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara) $60.80 million

MINUSTAH (Stabilization Mission in Haiti) $676.70 million

MONUSCO (Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo) $1.40 billion

UNAMID (Hybrid Operation in Darfur) $1.51 billion

UNDOF (Disengagement Observer Force) $47.99 million

UNFICYP (Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) $56.98 million

UNIFIL (Interim Force in Lebanon) $546.9 million

UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei) $269.2 million

UNMIK ( Mission in Kosovo) $49.02 million

UNMIL ( Mission in Liberia) $518.09 million

UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan) $876.16 million

UNMIT (United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste) $162.21 million

UNOCI (United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire) $600.15 million

UNSOA (United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia) $455.98 million

All the texts were approved by consensus except the draft setting out the provisional budgetary arrangements for UNIFIL. Israel’s delegation requested two separate recorded votes — on four specific paragraphs and on the resolution as a whole. Malfunctioning equipment in the meeting room forced the Committee to hold a “roll call vote” on references to the 1996 incident in the Southern Lebanese village of Qana during which Israeli Defense Force (IDF) artillery fire hit a UNIFIL compound (document A/C.5/66/L.35).

The language — in preambular paragraph 4, and existing operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 14 of the text — including a call for Israel to pay some $1.1 million dollars for damages caused during the incident, was retained by a roll call vote of 91 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States), with 48 abstentions.

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