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UN gives high marks to level of Russian peacekeeping training

May 22, 2013, 9:22 UTC+3

“Our peacekeepers are in demand,” the Russian minister said

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UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (Itar-Tass) - The United Nations gives high marks to the level of Russian peacekeepers training and a major contribution they make to the process of strengthening peace all over the world, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said at a meeting with Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev on Wednesday.

“Our peacekeepers are in demand,” the Russian minister said, marking that Russia has received an offer to increase the number of specialists engaged in international peacekeeping operations. According to him, 80 Russian policemen presently take part in eight peacekeeping missions of the United Nations.

Kolokoltsev also stressed that the Interior Ministry is ready to share its unique experience of training peacekeepers with UN member states. “The strengthening of international cooperation is one of priorities in our activity,” he said. “We are ready to continue contribution to UN’s peacekeeping activity, including participation in personnel training,” the minister said.

On May 19, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the international training centre in Domodedovo outside Moscow, giving highest marks to conditions of training there. During his talks with the UN leadership, Kolokoltsev also discussed information security and fight against international drug trafficking. He emphasized a need to strengthen “cooperation in fight against extremism and terrorism”.

The Russian interior minister is on a working trip to the United States.

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