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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Morocco has been Taking Part in UN Peacekeeping Operations for more than six Decades (Commander of the Southern Zone)

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Morocco has been Taking Part in UN Peacekeeping Operations for more than six Decades (Commander of the Southern Zone)

The Kingdom of Morocco has taken part, since 1960, in peacekeeping operations in Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia, said, Monday in Agadir, Lieutenant General, Commander of the Southern Zone, El Farouk Belkhir.

"In the face of increasing threats, United Nations operations must be adapted to the nature of current conflicts," he said at the opening of a seminar on the means to improve the performance of troop and police contributors to UN peacekeeping operations.

These challenges can only be addressed through a holistic, participative and inclusive approach involving the various stakeholders, namely the UN Secretariat, high commands, troop and police contributors as well as international and regional partners, he said at this meeting held at the headquarters of the Southern Zone of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) in Agadir.

He also recalled efforts made at all levels to increase the overall effectiveness of peacekeeping operations, while highlighting the important themes that will be discussed at this meeting, namely improving the performance of staff, equipment and medical support and promoting women's participation as a performance factor.

For his part, UN representative Major General Hugh Van Roosen welcomed the convening of this seminar which would, through the fruitful debates initiated by the various stakeholders, improve the performance of peacekeeping operations.

In this regard, he stressed the importance of putting in place the appropriate resources to ensure better peacekeeping operations, regretting the fact that peacekeepers are still targeted at conflicts.

Improving soldiers' operating conditions is a collective action that requires capacity-building for troop-contributing countries and the provision of necessary equipment prior to the deployment of forces, he pointed out.

Held upon the high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), this international meeting, which runs through December 11, provides a platform for discussions and will review United Nations procedures for monitoring the performance of the various components of peacekeeping operations.

At the end of this opening session, participants visited an exhibition of photos and videos on the Kingdom's contribution to humanitarian action and its efforts to preserve international peace.

MAP 10 December 2019