Outgoing Chief says a more robust peacekeeping is in demand

Alain Le Roy

There is a growing trend for a more robust form of peacekeeping, says the outgoing Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

Alain Le Roy says it has happened in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in Côte d'Ivoire and in Sudan.

The French diplomat says the support of the Security Council has been instrumental in allowing for a more robust execution of the Blue Helmets' mandate.

Le Roy notes, though, that there is a fine line to walk.

"I think we see a trend for a more robust peacekeeping but there is a limit to that. We would never go to peace enforcement. That is not peacekeeping. That is very clear. No country contributing to peacekeeping will accept a peacekeeper, blue helmet making peace enforcement."

Alain Le Roy has been the head of peacekeeping operations for the past three years.

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