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Sri Lanka offers expertise to UN for international peacekeeping efforts

June 30, Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka has expressed its readiness to provide police gendarmerie and criminal justice experts to the United Nations, aiming to address the increasing global challenges to peace and security.

Public Security Minister Tiran Alles, speaking at the fourth United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS 2024), highlighted the country’s commitment.

He affirmed the capability of Sri Lanka’s police unit, which is at Readiness Level 3, to effectively manage emerging security issues.

Alles underscored the rise of organised crime, gang violence, and illicit economies as significant threats to international peace.

He urged the United Nations to deploy specialised police teams equipped to tackle these issues.

“Sri Lanka is prepared to offer its police gendarmerie and criminal justice experts, sharing our expertise and experience with any nation in need. We are eager to collaborate in this vital mission,” he said.

Full Statement:

“The threats to peace have become more diverse and complex than ever before. Violent conflicts have been on the rise during the last two decades. 

Protection of civilians has become a critical concern in many conflict-ridden areas with the humanitarian landscape becoming increasingly hostile with non-traditional threats. 

New Advanced technologies have opened new domains of security concerns, such as cyber security and autonomous weapon systems, together with the abuse of ICT for criminal purposes and the induction of mercenaries. 

Be that as it may, permit me the honour of congratulating the UN Peace operations that have effectively risen to meet the varying challenges in the theatres of conflict. 

In this backdrop, Sri Lanka appreciates the pit and substance of the Secretary General’s new agenda for peace. 

My delegation recalls with pride that Sri Lanka has been a committed contributor to UN Peacekeeping since the deployment of military observers at the end of the ‘Suez War’. 

More than 21,000 Sri Lankan peacekeepers have played an important role in many peacekeeping operations to date. 

I am confident that the Sri Lanka-formed police unit, which is at Readiness Level 3, stands by with the capacity to handle the emerging security landscape. 

Organised crime, gang violence and illicit economies are rapidly on the rise. This is becoming a growing challenge to international peace. 

It is therefore imperative that the United Nations consider deploying specialised police teams with experience and skills to counter this menace. 

Sri Lanka is willing to contribute police gendarmerie and criminal justice experts with experience and skills to counter such threats and to share the knowledge and experience with any host nation. Sri Lanka stands ready to partner in this noble endeavour.”

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