UN praises Ghana for its contribution to peacekeeping missions

 UN Country Coordinator Sandhu-Rojon has praised Ghana' for its  contribution to the peacekeeping missions in the world.

   "The international community owes Ghana a debt of gratitude for the enormous sacrifices the country and its courageous and peace- loving people continue to make toward international peace," she said in Accra on May 22. The remarks came ahead of this year's International Day of UN Peacekeepers, marked on May 29. The event's theme was: "UN Peacekeeping: Adapting to the New Challenges, the Ghanaian Perspective".
   The coordinator explained it was never easy for countries that were themselves facing budgetary and development constraints to muster the courage and resource to support the needs of others.
   “Yet, this was what Ghana had consistently been doing for more than 50 years, from the first contribution to the UN peacekeeping in Congo, to its presence in peacekeeping in South Lebanon (UNIFIL), Liberia (UNMIL), Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI), Western Sahara (MINURSO) and lately South Sudan (UNMISS).”
   She said Ghana was already sharing with the world its own positive experiences with proactive and pre-emptive peace-building, adding that nowhere was this more apparent than in Ghana when it came to peacefully resolving electoral disputes.
   The International UN Peacekeepers Day affords countries the opportunity to pay homage to all the valiant men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations, demonstrating a high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.
   The Day, instituted by the UN General Assembly on December 11, 2002, was set in memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause for peace.
   Ghana's minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hannah Tetteh said since the turn of the century, the UN had been confronted by complex and protracted conflicts which posed serious challenges to the capacity of the organization to pursue its cardinal objective of promoting and maintaining international peace and security.
   She said the surge in the demand for complex peacekeeping operations had placed new strains on the international system; troop contributing states, as well as the troops who are increasingly facing grave threats.
   The minister said, the creation of certain structures by regional organizations such as Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) by ECOWAS and the deployment at appropriate times, complement the efforts of the UN in its peacekeeping endeavor.
   “This enables the UN peacekeeping operations to take on a wider range of conflicts than before,” she said.
   Ghana first contributed troops to the UN peacekeeping operations in the now Democratic Republic of Congo in July 1960. (Xinhua)