UN chief praises Pakistan for contributing to peacekeeping

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the inauguration of the Centre for International Peace and Stability in Islamabad. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended Pakistan for its contributions to peacekeeping operations around the world.

Mr. Ban, who is on an official visit to the Asian country, spoke at the inauguration of Pakistan's Centre for International Peace and Stability in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday.

He said Pakistan is "number one" among more than 100 countries that contribute troops and police officers for UN peacekeeping missions.

"Today, more than 8,000 of Pakistan's finest soldiers, men and women, serve in our complex and challenging missions – from Darfur to Haiti to Liberia… from the Western Sahara to the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nearly one out of 10 UN peacekeepers around the world hails from Pakistan." (26")

Secretary-General Ban said that Pakistan has matched its leadership on the ground with leadership at United Nations headquarters.

He pointed out that during its presidency of the Security Council earlier this year, Pakistan spearheaded an important debate on multi-dimensional peacekeeping operations.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’22″

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