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Monday, August 20, 2018

Mexico Steps Up Its Commitment to UN Peace Operations

Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Continuing with Mexico's gradually increasing participation in UN Peace Operations, the Mexican government deployed the following military and police personnel to the peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Western Sahara, the Central African Republic, and Colombia in the first half of 2018.

1.    NEW DEPLOYMENTS

United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH)

Following up on the commitment made by the National Security Commission (CNS) and the Federal Police (PF) in 2017 to gradually contribute police personnel to UN Peace Operations, and in coordination with the United Nations, in February 2018 Mexico sent an official to MINUJUSTH to fill the vacant position of Planning Officer for a period of 12 months.

This is the first time Mexico has contributed police personnel to a UN Peace Operation since the country resumed its participation in them in 2015.

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

To continue strengthening its cooperation with the UN while exploring new ways of participating in the peace operations in Africa, the Defense Ministry (SEDENA) sent a Cavalry Major with a Staff Officer Certificate (DEM) as Future Operations Officer for Sector West G3 for the 12-month period starting April 2018.

A Naval Special Forces Commander was deployed by the Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) as Military Intelligence Coordinator U2 for 12 months beginning in May 2018.

UN Verification Mission in Colombia

During the same period and in coordination with the UN, Mexico sent nine observers: five from the Defense Ministry (including two women), three from SEMAR, and one from CNS/PF for a 12-month period.

2.    ROTATIONS

United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)

Mexico continued to contribute four military observers to MINURSO for a 12-month period: three from SEDENA and one from SEMAR.

One of the aforementioned, a SEDENA military surgeon deployed on January 12, 2018, is the first Mexican woman to participate in a UN Peacekeeping Operation.

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

SEDENA will deploy an Artillery Major (DEM) in August 2018 for 12 months to replace a Staff Officer.

Other important activities in the first half of 2018

Mexico's National Security Commissioner attended the second United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS II) at UN headquarters in New York on June 20-21. 

Mexico also continued to expand its dialogue and cooperation regarding UN peace operations with various countries, especially as related to training and good practices, and to finding ways to include Mexican personnel in their contingents in operations of interest to Mexico.

Three years after resuming its participation in peace operations, the results have been highly positive for Mexico. In particular, the Mexican Armed Forces and the Federal Police have benefited in terms of experience and lessons learned about defense, military and police observation, and operations planning.

This enables Mexico to reaffirm its role as an actor with global responsibility and to consolidate its position as a partner of the United Nations committed to the maintenance of international peace and security, and to the UN's efforts to move towards sustainable peace.

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SRE-SEDENA-SEMAR-CNS/PF Joint Press Release, Aug. 15, 2018, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Mexico City; translation SRE

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