Pakistan has actively supported security sector reform in various theaters of peacekeeping operations, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and Timor L’este: Masood Khan
New York, April 29, 2014 (PPI-OT): “As the leading troop contributing country, Pakistan has actively supported security sector reform in various theaters of peacekeeping operations, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and Timor L’este. We too can testify that the UN-led efforts have dramatically transformed the security landscape in these countries”.
This was stated by Ambassador Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, in the Security Council’s Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Security Sector Reform”.
Security sector reform has become a core component of the United Nations’ engagement across peacekeeping and peace-building. The Ambassador said that security sector reform rightly targets institutions dealing with transitional justice, security and police forces, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration(DDR), extension of state authority, arms control and management and organized crime. All this, he added, in turn helps address some of the root causes of conflict.
Pakistan, he said, believes that the United Nations’ system-wide institutionalization and responsibility for security sector should be strengthened. “We should build on the capacities – both in the field and the headquarters – to fully exploit UN’s comparative advantages”, he added.
The Ambassador said that the security sector reform should be conceived and implemented in the overall framework of the rule of law. He said that a viable and transformative security sector, which enjoys the confidence of the populations and was responsive to their needs, was key to successful transition and exit strategies.
The Pakistani envoy emphasized that the United Nations needs strong partnership across the spectrum to enhance the performance of security sectors. He said that in this context, Pakistan welcomed growing consultation and cooperation between the Security Council, the African Union and sub-regional organizations.
“The UN should also deepen its partnerships with international and regional financial institutions to make these reforms more resilient and self-sustaining”, he added. He also emphasized the need for conscious efforts for early engagement of national stakeholders to promote national ownership of security sector reform and its internalization.
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