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Helicopters usually play a significant role in various peacekeeping operations because of its quick transit of personnel at lower risks than conventional transport vehicles.
Ambassador Brown was speaking Monday at a meeting between UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and host nations of UN peacekeeping missions including Liberia, Timor Leste, Guatemala and Afghanistan.
We should be talking about enhancing capabilities, not across-the-board cuts in the peacekeeping budget,' she said, adding that it was time to take stock of troop and equipment pledges in the light of remaining capability gaps.
The ambassador criticised the recent cuts in the UN peacekeeping budget, saying 'Lack of adequate resources results inevitably in non-implementation of the very mandates that we fashion for our Blue Helmets.
In this context she also referred to the report of the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) and the consensus view of practitioners of peacekeeping which agree that UN peace operations 'are not the appropriate tool for military counter-terrorism operations'.
In our view, peacekeeping operations, despite all its challenges, remain a vital tool for promoting international peace and security.
More than 500 delegates from 70 Member States participated in this important event to discuss the ever-more complex challenges of peacekeeping, identify training priorities, and devise pragmatic and innovative solutions to close key capability gaps in UN peacekeeping operations.
Yet rapid deployment of peacekeeping troops to ward off genocide and mass suffering remains one of the greatest challenges faced by the United Nations.
Moreover, an exhibition of peacekeeping operations will be launched on the sidelines of the conference.
The nation seems confused as to peacekeeping and peacemaking.
Defense Undersecretary Honorio Azcueta said the Philippines will be hosting two peacekeeping events this year-the Association of Asia Pacific Peacekeeping Training Centers in June and the Asean Peacekeeping Center's Network Meeting in October.
Ladsous hailed the move as well as Tunisia's contribution since the 1960's to peacekeeping operations.