Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
May 29 marks the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. On that day in 1958, the United Nations Security Council established the first mission on the border between Israel and Palestine from among military observers. So there appeared peacekeepers, defending peace, law and order in various parts of the world. Their tasks include resolving crisis situations in different countries, restoring states after destructive conflicts and maintaining peace in the territory of responsibility of the mission.
On the eve of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, a trip of the delegation of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs to the United Nations Mission in Support of the Justice Sector in Haiti was held. Within the framework of the visit, meetings were held with the head of the police component of the Mission Georges Pierre Monshot and the head of the police capacity building sub-division of the Haitian National Police Haime Vigil, who noted the high level of professionalism of Russian peacekeepers.
“Irrespective of the task performed, Russian representatives are always characterized by self-control and stamina, a sense of duty and a readiness to do everything possible to further strengthen the peace,” the mission leaders emphasized.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has been involved in peacekeeping since 1992. During this time, more than 500 employees of law enforcement bodies took part in 24 peacekeeping operations around the world. Representatives of the Russian police in the peacekeeping police forces served in Georgia, the Republic of Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Haiti, the Democratic Republic of East Timor, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Kyrgyz Republic and the territory of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Today 43 officers of internal affairs bodies of the Russian Federation are serving in the UN and OSCE peacekeeping missions.
Often these are the peacekeepers who serve as a link between the population and the government, and even minimal successes in this direction can strengthen citizens’ trust in the authorities, create favorable conditions for the return of the habitual way of life, and create prerequisites for sustainable peace and national reconciliation.