Nations, Feb 12.
India has asked the UN to take special measures to protect peacekeepers from improvised
explosive devices (IEDs) that are a major hazard for the Blue Helmets.
should have dedicated counter-IED resources for missions facing such
threats,” India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the
Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations on Monday.
called for “concerted efforts to upgrade the security infrastructure of
peacekeepers from Sri Lanka were killed by IEDs in Mali last month in the most
recent case of attacks using them.
Office of Disarmament Affairs had identified IEDs as “the largest single
threat” to peacekeepers.
pointed out that “the contingents of many countries that make up the bulk
of UN peacekeeping missions use unarmoured pick-up trucks that are highly
vulnerable to IEDs”.
A UN panel
of experts on technology and innovation in peacekeeping had as far back as 2014
recommended a series of anti-IED measures ranging from deploying
“mine-protected” vehicles to using drones to survey the routes ahead
of peacekeepers’ travels.
recommended using “bolt on” armour for vehicles, ground penetrating
radars and hand-held detectors for IEDs.
measures have not been fully implemented and fatalities from IEDs continue.
also suggested improving the system used to select the troops for peacekeeping
to ensure transparency and maintain the level of skills required for
basis of selection should include training standards, equipment, and individual
and collective skills that would best suit the requirements of specific
mission’s operational environment.
mission-specific training, if any, after troops deployment, could focus on
coordination and collective training based on specific threats of the
mission,” he added.
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