Kazakhstan to send peacekeepers to Africa

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to send about 430 Kazakh troops to the Central African Republic, Congo, Mali and Lebanon to participate in peacekeeping missions. The Kazakh Parliament supported the initiative of the President ” />

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to send the republic's military personnel as peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Mali and Lebanon, his proposal was read out at a parliamentary meeting by Defense Minister Ruslan Zhaksylykov, Tengrinews reports. .kz.

“I am proposing to send a peacekeeping contingent of the Armed Forces with a total strength of about 430 military personnel to participate in a multidisciplinary integrated stabilization mission in the Central African Republic, secondly, a UN stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thirdly— multidimensional integrated mission to stabilize the situation in Mali and the fourth mission of the interim force in Lebanon,— says the document.

According to Zhaksylykov, the UN leadership is ready to support an increase in the number of Kazakhstani peacekeepers in the missions of the organization, and also highly appreciated the level of preparedness of the military of the republic. The head of the Ministry of Defense added that Kazakhstan is ready to provide both individual military personnel as staff officers and military observers, as well as specialized units most in demand in UN missions, in particular, infantry, medical, intelligence, engineering units of the military police. He pointed out that five units could be included in the UN Armed Forces from Kazakhstan, but they would not be sent immediately, but upon request, assessing the readiness for the mission.

The head of the Kazakhstani Ministry of Defense said, that to date, six military personnel of the republic are participating in the UN mission in Western Sahara, and nine Kazakh military personnel are participating in the temporary forces of the organization.

Deputies of both houses of parliament voted for the proposal of the president.

At the moment, the UN mission in Lebanon is an observer— its members monitor the cessation of hostilities and promote “humanitarian access to the civilian population”; Lebanese Armed Forces.

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The UN Mission in the Congo provides protection to civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders who are at immediate risk of physical violence, and supports the government in its efforts to stabilize and consolidate peace.

The Mission in Mali supports the republic's transitional leadership in the restoration of state authority and preparations for free, inclusive and peaceful elections, and provides conditions for the provision of humanitarian assistance and the return of displaced persons. The mission in the Central African Republic conducts similar activities.

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