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Remarks by Ambassador Geng Shuang at Security Council Arria-formula Meeting on "Protecting the Peacekeeper: Suppressing the Deployment of Improvised Explosive Devices against Peace Operations"

2021/03/26

Mr. Chair,

China is pleased to join Kenya and other members to co-host this meeting. I would like to thank USG Lacroix and others for their briefings.

Improvised explosive devices constitute one of the main causes of peacekeeping casualties. This year, nearly 30 peacekeepers of MINUSMA were seriously injured and one killed in IED attacks. It shows once again the grave threat of IEDs to blue helmets. We call for joint efforts of the Security Council, the Secretariat, TCCs, PCCs and host countries to collectively address this challenge.

Peacekeeping missions should be provided with adequate equipment, including signal block devices and mine-protected equipment based on regular risk assessment.

Host countries should take concrete measures to reduce the production and use of IEDs, including putting IED components under strict control, cracking down on IED manufacturing facilities, etc. We encourage host countries to share information on IEDs with peacekeeping missions, which is helpful for the missions to prevent IED attacks and reduce casualties.

Security Council Resolution 2518 should be fully implemented. Security training, including mine clearance training, should be strengthened to enhance peacekeepers' overall capability of self-protection.

China attaches great importance to the safety and security of peacekeepers. We have trained peacekeepers from many countries on the prevention and disposal of IEDs. In 2017, China co-chaired the drafting of the IED disposal standards of the UN.

China is ready to work with the international community to improve the safety and security of peacekeepers and further contribute to the protection of blue helmets.

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

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