Nigeria Justifies Support For Peacekeeping

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga
Ashiru, on Tuesday said that Nigeria would continue to support peace-keeping
operations as part of its foreign policy.

Ashiru said in Lagos at the Nigerian Institute of
International Affairs (NIIA)’s ninth Brainstorming Session that the country
would sustain its post-conflict peace-building and peacekeeping operations
financing.

The theme of the two-day session is “Nigeria’s Contributions
to International Development, Peace and Security:1960 to 2012″.

“Through sustained participation in UN peace-keeping
operations, regional initiatives and mainstreaming of UN resolutions, Nigeria
continues attainment of the principles and purposes of the UN Charter.

“Nigeria still remains supportive of the UN Security
Council’s role and initiatives on conflict situations in Africa and in other
parts of the world,’’ he said.

The minister, represented by the Director-General of NIIA,
Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, said Nigeria was among the leading contributing
countries to international peacekeeping in the world.

He said Nigeria had since 1960, participated in more than 50
per cent peace-keeping of the total UN peace-keeping mission around the world,
in addition to other bilateral, sub-regional and continental peacekeeping.

“Nigeria has remained very active in the United Nations
Peace-keeping operations, beginning from the Congo in 1960, to Darfur today, an
activity that cost the country countless lives and funds, all for the good of,
and love for its African brothers and sisters,” he said.

According to Ashiru, Nigeria’s foreign policy includes
effort to tackle terrorism, small and light weapons, children in armed
conflicts, women, peace and security, drug trafficking, climate change as well
post-conflict peace-building and peacekeeping.