Lavrov called the use of force by UN peacekeepers


RIA Novosti

UN peacekeepers can use force only for self-defense and defense of mandate. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in his speech at the security Council. According to him, Moscow is opposed to the expansion of the power authority of the “blue helmets”.

Moscow opposes the expansion of the power authority of the peacekeepers. This was stated on Wednesday Sergey Lavrov, speaking at a meeting of the UN security Council, reports “TV Center”. It was dedicated to the activities of “blue helmets”.

According to the Russian foreign Minister, to resolve conflicts need political methods, involving in dialogue the warring parties. The Minister reminded about the basic principles of peacekeepers. One of them is the fact that all opposition parties have to consent to their placement. It is also unacceptable that peacekeepers stood on the sides. To use force they have only in extreme cases for self defense or defense of the mandate.

“The existing experience of giving peacekeepers the additional force powers, for example, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali, have not yet convinced us that increased sacrifices to be made, the peacekeepers forced operations achieved justified on the ground results. Power mandates, if and to retain this option must be thoroughly calibrated for a specific situation,” Lavrov said.