BD ranks second among UN peacekeeping nations: CGS

June 29, 2009

Chief of General Staff (CGS) of Bangladesh Army Major General Abdul Hafiz on Sunday said Bangladesh as a troops contributing country to United Nations Peacekeeping Mission has ranked second for sincere efforts and high standard training of its peacekeepers.
The CGS said this while addressing the inaugural session of the Asia-Pacific Peacekeeping Training Centre Commandants conference at a city hotel this morning.
The four-day conference is being jointly organized by Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) under the US Pacific Command and Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation and Training (BIPSOT) under Bangladesh Army.
A total of 70 delegates are attending the conference from 10 member countries, including Bangladesh, Aus-tralia, Cambodia, Indo-nesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippine, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Terming the conference as a first ever event, Major General Abdul Hafiz said the main objective of the meet is to build intensive relations among the peacekeeping training centres for facilitating the exchange of information and forge mutual understanding in the coming days. The conference would help the peacekeeping training centres to follow a uniform training programme and policy, the Army official said.
Colonel Tope Aroso of the UN Department of Peace-keeping Operations (UNDPKO) and Richard Maloney of Global Peace Operations Initiatives, among others, also spoke on the occasion.
Representatives from army, navy, airforce, police and civil administration, UNDPKO, Integrated Train-ing Services (ITS) and participants from different UN bodies are also taking part in the conference. The Resident Representative of the United Nations in Bangladesh Reneta Lock Dessalion also attended at the opening session of the conference.

Courtesy of BSS, Dhaka

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