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Internal UN report: UN peacekeepers are reluctant to use weapons

Internal UN report: UN peacekeepers are reluctant to use weapons
Dr. Yehia Mechref

If a conflict is threatening to spiral out of control, sending the UN peacekeepers. But the shy apparently to go in theater to the limit.
For fear of lawsuits UN blue helmets scare, according to an internal report by the United Nations against the use of weapons, even if it were necessary for the protection of civilians. Only in 20 per cent of a total of 507 examined incidents in which civilians were concerned, there had ever been a reaction from the peacekeepers. “And even then, violence was almost never used, not even as a last resort,” it said in the report published this week.

The UN Office for internal review (OIOS) the study had created and passed a Committee of the UN General Assembly. Were examined ten peacekeeping missions, including in Congo, southern Sudan and Darfur. It was about missions, the UN Security Council had issued a robust mandate.

The most important reason for the reluctance of the fear of the soldiers was called to be provided for the use of weapons before the International Criminal Court or another court. Other reasons were the perception that there is a use of too few staff or equipment.

The head of the UN peacekeeping forces, Herve Ladsous, criticized the study. These take “comprehensive political solutions” insufficient in the view. They also take into account the role of countries too little, where the blue helmets would be used.