Colombia to Deploy Up to 5,000 Personnel to UN Peacekeeping Forces
"The progress in the peace process in Colombia will allow us to have more armed forces for this purpose [of peacekeeping operations]," Colombia`s President Santos said Monday on the sidelines of the summit.
According to the president, some 58 police personnel of the National Police of Colombia will be deployed to UN peacekeeping missions in the near future while another 500 officers will serve with the UN forces in 2016.
The strain on UN peacekeepers has increased in recent years as a greater number of regions in the world has been gripped by armed conflicts.
Earlier in September, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for fundamental changes in the peacekeeping activities of the organization.
The UN chief urged the prevention of military conflicts and the development of a plan by 2016 to establish rapid reaction forces worldwide to protect civilians around the world.