UN peacekeepers start training
On Monday, a two-week training for senior UN mission leaders aimed at preparing UN senior staff for peacekeeping operations started. This training has been organized by the Rwanda Military Academy in collaboration with the UN Integrated Training service and the Australian government.
The training brings together participants from the department of Peace Keeping in the United Nations as well as 27 delegates from all over the world.
Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi told the trainees they should borrow a leaf from post-Genocide Rwanda. ”Draw a lesson from how the people you the UN abandoned have rebuilt their nation,” he said, highlighting especially the restoration of peace and security through reconciliation. “Post-genocide Rwanda is proof that peace can be restored after something as terrible as genocide.”
According to Habumuremyi, the choice of Rwanda as the venue for the course is testimony to the international community’s recognition of Rwanda’s capacity in restoring peace and security in war areas. “Our army and police have done a great job in building a peaceful world. Haiti, Darfur and South Soudan are the main examples,” the Premier said.
Defense Minister James Kabarebe urged the UN peacekeepers to do whatever possible to restore peace and security in war areas. “May this be a time of reflection about what we can do to those who are still not secure,” he said.
The head of the military academy, brig. gen. Innocent Kabanda for his part remarked that the training is very important for both Rwanda and UN peace delegates. “Rwanda intervenes in many UN peacekeeping missions, I think this is great opportunity to assess everyone’s role together,” he pointed out.
Ettore Di Benedetto, who is in charge of training at UN Peacekeeping, said that the course should provide them with practical ways to create a peaceful world where human life is untouchable and rights are respected. “The Rwandan army and police have shown us that from Genocide, one can build a peaceful country and help others improve their security,” he explained. “We want to learn from that.”