In the course of his speech at the UN Peacekeeping Summit, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the UN reform was essential for preservation of global peace and strengthening the activity of the United Nations.
“These days the world is gravely concerned about increasing turmoil of violence around the globe and reasonably expects more engagement of the United Nations in restoring peace and security. I believe the UN must take this opportunity and tackle current security challenges through efficient reform of its peacekeeping capabilities,” the Head of State noted.
According to Petro Poroshenko, recent initiatives of the UN Secretary-General, in particular on comprehensive reviews of the UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding architecture, as well as the report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, could provide a solid guidance for such a reform.
The President also called on the UN GA member-states to support Ukraine granting it a status of non-permanent member of the Organization.
“Should Ukraine gain a seat in the Security Council for the term of 2016-2017 at the elections to be held in just a few weeks, the issue of consolidation of UN peacekeeping will be among our key priorities,” Petro Poroshenko said drawing attention to the initiative to boost the capacity of UN peacekeeping operations by filling its critical gaps, in particular an "aviation" one. He also drew attention to strengthening cooperation of the UN Security Council with troop- and police-contributing states, as well as to ensuring security of "blue helmets".
“Ukraine has well deserved its reputation as a “peacekeeping nation”. Since its independence, more than 34 000 Ukrainian “blue helmets” have participated in over 20 operations under UN auspices, bringing peace and security to war-torn regions. The courage of Ukrainian helicopter pilots in the UN Operations in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia has become legendary,” the President said noting that Ukraine and its servicemen kept on supporting UN peacekeeping operations in the world.
“Ukraine remains one of the main contributors of military helicopters to the UN – the most needed and looked-after asset and enabler in today's complex missions. We are ready to beef up UN operations with up to 6 Ukrainian military helicopters from Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire after the finalisation of UN operations in these countries,” Petro Poroshenko added emphasizing that Ukraine was willing to do that in an extremely difficult security condition being an object of aggression of the Russian Federation.
In this context, the Head of State said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces and volunteers were desperately fighting against treacherous Russian aggression in Donbas. According to him, Ukraine needs support and assistance of the United Nations these days.
“I believe that we can find the common approach and success of our coordination and cooperation will be the best and inspiring signal to the world on efficiency of the Organization under the pressing security challenges,” the President stressed.
He also informed the attendees on the establishment of joint Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian military brigade, which amounts of 2000 soldiers in general with 527 Ukrainian soldiers, with a view to, among other objectives, participating in international peacekeeping operations based on the UN Security Council mandate.