United Nations, Sep 8 (PTI) India, the largest contributor to the UN peacekeeping force, said on Wednesday that cuts in UN peacekeeping operations should not be done out of a desire for austerity. Simultaneously, India cautioned that the cost of returning in the event of a war far exceeds short-term savings. India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi, while addressing an open discussion of the Security Council on UN Peacekeeping Operations, said that the reduction in peacekeeping operations and the reduction of UN presence to a minimum is the key to the success of UN peacekeeping operations.
This meeting of the Security Council took place under the current Presidency of Ireland. “For the host country, on the one hand, it indicates progress of political stability and new opportunities for development, but on the other it represents the danger of relegating the country to a state of conflict,” Lekhi said.
“The size of peacekeeping operations should not be cut out of a desire for austerity. The risk of relapse in a war is always greater than the short-term savings.”