"Primacy of politics" in UN peacekeeping underlined

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Jose Ramos-Horta. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The importance of finding political solutions to maintain peace in conflict situations has been highlighted in a new report on UN peacekeeping operations.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations in October 2014 to produce recommendations for the future of UN operations.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The Panel consisted of 16 members chaired by former President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta.

During a briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York, he said the report highlights four essential shifts needed for UN peace operations.

The first one is what he called the "primacy of politics".

"Peace is not achieved nor sustained by military nor technical engagements alone but often solutions can be found only through patient, steady, political engagement. So there has to be always a primacy of politics guiding peace operations." (0'18")

Other recommendations include the importance of the United Nations providing a vision enabling others to achieve international peace and security.

The review also underlines how UN personnel must renew their resolve to serve and protect the people.

The report is the first major assessment of peacekeeping operations in 15 years.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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