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Fast-response “vanguard brigade” of Peacekeepers now a reality

A “vanguard brigade” of UN Peacekeepers which can be deployed within 60 days to new trouble-spots, would have been “impossible” to envisage just two years ago.

But not any longer, according to Hervé Ladsous, the out-going Peacekeeping chief, who said in his final interview with UN News that the department (DPKO) had become more efficient in recent years, without “lowering the quality” of often life-saving services it provides around the world.

UN in Colombia to “hit the ground running”, says peacekeeping chief

The UN in Colombia has to “hit the ground running” the head of peacekeeping operations said during an official visit to Mexico.

The new political mission will be responsible for monitoring disarmament should the Colombian government and FARC rebels agree on a peace deal.

They are currently in talks to end a 51-year old conflict.

Speaking to Pierre-Marc Rene, Hervé Ladsous confirmed that observers from Mexico are currently being deployed.

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South Sudanese expect to see “dividends of peace”

People in South Sudan are expecting to see the “dividends of peace” now that a Transitional Government of National Unity is in place, the head of UN peacekeeping has said.

Hervé Ladsous arrived in the country’s capital Juba over the weekend to assess the progress since April when the new leaders were sworn-in and to take stock of the situation of civilians living on UN bases.

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Court-martial “where the acts have occurred” urges peacekeeping chief

Countries whose peacekeepers have sexually abused people under their protection, should allow their troops to be court-martialled where the crimes took place.

That’s the view of Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

He said there should not only be “zero tolerance” towards sexual abuse, but a firm objective of “zero occurrence” among peacekeepers.

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Joy turns to "complete tragedy" in South Sudan

The joy the people of South Sudan felt at independence four years ago has turned to “complete tragedy”; that’s the view of the chief of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous.

The newly independent African country has suffered internal conflict and violence since the deposed former Vice President turned on the government in December 2013.

The UN mission in the country (UNMISS) has provided safe havens for tens of thousands of South Sudanese who have been forced to flee their homes.