Armenia Pledges Expanded Role in Peacekeeping Missions

Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian addresses a UN peacekeeping summit in New York on September 28, 2015 (Source: RFE/RL)
Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian addresses a UN peacekeeping summit in New York on September 28, 2015 (Source: RFE/RL)

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian addresses a UN peacekeeping summit in New York on September 28, 2015 (Source: RFE/RL)

NEW YORK (Combined Sources)—President Serzh Sarkisian, who is in New York to take part in the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, participated in the UN Summit on Peacekeeping Operations on September 28, where he said that despite the present tension on Armenia’s borders, the country’s engagement in international peacekeeping has gradually expanded.

Sarkissian noted that since 2004 Armenian troops have joined peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Mali.

“Most recently, we have undertaken new commitments to develop appropriate skills to be provided in the course of our future participation in the UN peacekeeping operations such as a Role II medical hospital and training of associated personnel, as well as training of a company of EOD/C-IED [Explosive Ordnance Disposal & Counter-Improvised Explosive Device] soldiers,” Sarkissian said on Tuesday.

Sarkissian continued by thanking the U.S., Greece, Germany, and NATO for the role they have played, “in the establishment and development of the Armenian peacekeeping capabilities.”

“Preservation of international peace and security is a primary responsibility for all, both great and smaller States, and peacekeeping is a major conduit to achieve that objective,” said Sarkissian. “It is obvious that a peaceful and safe world may be secured solely by comprehensive, joint and careful measures to be taken.”

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