Nepal consistently supporting UNs efforts in international peace and security; says PM Prachanda

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda Monday said that Nepal has consistently been supporting the United Nations efforts in the maintenance of international peace and security through continuous participation in the UN Peacekeeping missions.

“Nepal’s foreign policy is based on the principles of the UN Charter, non-alignment, principles of Panchsheel and promotion of regional cooperation through South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC),” said Prime Minister Dahal.

He made his remark while inaugurating the Exercise Shanti Prayas-III, a multinational military exercise hosted jointly by the Nepalese Army and the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) at Paanchkhal of Kavre district.

The joint exercise that kicked off today at Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre (BPOTC) has got participation of 28 nation’s military personnel of around 1,024, will last for next 15 days.

The event aimed at enhancing peacekeeping capabilities of the army personnel from countries that send troops for the peacekeeping missions worldwide under the United Nations.

“Humanity is so much in need of peace, but we have a long way to go to achieve this,” said Prime Minister Dahal.

“The world has faith on the soldiers with blue helmets. The UN peacekeepers are the vanguard and one of the key tools of the international community to restore peace and security in the conflict-torn areas,” said Dahal.

Protection of civilians remains the important issue and this faith lies only in the blue helmet wearing peacekeepers, Dahal said.

The third edition of the multinational peacekeeping exercise includes field training, critical enabler and capability enhancement, staff training and regional training seminar.

At the inaugural session, the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM)’s Admiral Harry B. Harris, ministers, senior army officers, US Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz, among others were present.