‘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. Read on, 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.

Dady Chery, Editor
Haiti Chery

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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

  • 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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