Sixty blue helmets were killed in attacks in 2017; nearly double the figure for the past two years.
That’s according to senior UN official Atul Khare, who reported that overall, 123 personnel died while serving at peacekeeping missions this year.
It is “extremely critical” that major “gaps” in equipment and staff needed to maintain UN peacekeeping operations are filled “in the shortest possible time”.
The Central African Republic (CAR) needs direct and indirect support from the UN Mission there amidst a continuing “volatile” security situation.
United Nations peacekeepers can’t be allowed to become sexual predators, said the UN field support chief on Friday.