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Sharing experiences on UN peace operations

Special Correspondent

Officers from 15 countries participate in integrated peace support exercise

— Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

For peace: Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major interacting with Army officers participating in ’Aman Sena’.

HYDERABAD: About 90 Army officers from 15 countries began a nine-day exercise, ‘Aman Sena’, on integrated United Nations Peace Support Operations, at the College of Defence Management, Sainikpuri on Wednesday.

They will share their experiences of UN Peace Support Operations and strive to develop a common understanding of the framework and procedure in such operations.

Synergy

The exercise, organised by the College of Defence Management under the aegis of HQ Integrated Defence Staff, is intended to provide a platform to the participating countries to achieve for closer cooperation and synergy in this area.

It will be conducted in a ‘table top’ format with participants being exposed to various dimensions of peace-support operations. Experts in multifarious aspects of UN operations will guide and direct them during the next eight days.

Timely

Inaugurating the session, Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major, Chief of Air Staff, described the exercise as unique and timely.

He said the UN Peace Support Operations reflect universal objectives, rather than partisan interests.

He observed that at a time when cold war politics had paralysed decision-making in the Security Council, the UN peace-keeping activities were a brave and cautious beginning to what has become the most successful mode of peace-keeping based on the consent of the host State. The consensual approach of peace-keeping, he stated, is as relevant today, as it was in the past.

In his keynote address, Air Marshal Dheeraj Kukreja observed that finding solutions to the challenges of the peace-keeping operations was the aim of ‘Aman Sena’, as the participants brought their varied experiences to the task. Such exercises played an important role in developing a common outlook as well as establishing valuable professional links.

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