Fiji Delivers Statement to the UN Security Council
Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, addressed the Security Council today in the context of the Council's Open Debate on “Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub regional organisations in maintaining international peace and security”. The Security Council meeting was chaired by President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina.
Ambassador Thomson spoke of Fiji’s long-standing commitment to UN peacekeeping, including the recent deployment by Fiji of 501 RFMF personnel to UNDOF in the Golan Heights. He said efforts were also being undertaken in the Pacific Islands region to build on this experience and the ability of the region to contribute further to UN peacekeeping. He advised the Council of the efforts of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to develop collective peacekeeping capabilities in the area of police peacekeeping, saying that this could be used in the service of UN peacekeeping in the future. Ambassador Thomson said this initiative would be discussed with the UN through a visit to New York by an MSG delegation in the near future.
Ambassador Thomson highlighted that in all UN peacekeeping efforts, the needs of the host country must be kept paramount. He stressed that UN peacekeeping efforts should be measured against their efficacy in meeting the host country’s requirements, rather than such measures as the number of States contributing peacekeeping capabilities to any particular mission.
Open Debates of the Security Council provide an opportunity for UN Members who are not members of the Security Council to make known their views on issues of importance relating to the maintenance of international security. Fiji endeavors to participate in all such debates at the Security Council relevant to its interests.