Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, June 28, GNA
– Mr Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations Under Secretary-General for Peace
Operations, says the world body world continue to strengthen its cooperation
with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
Mr Larcroix, who
gave the assurance when he paid a visit to the Centre in Accra, noted that
there was great potential to be derived from the cooperation.
Secretary-General was in Accra for the funeral of the late Major General
Francis Vib-Sanziri, the late Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United
Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
Maj Gen Francis
Vib-Sanziri died while in active service in Israel on Friday 19th April.
Mr Larcroix was
received at the Centre by its Commandant, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Griffiths
In attendance was
the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa.
Mr Larcroix received
briefings on Ghana’s Peacekeeping Operations, the mandate and activities of
KAIPTC, and an overview of the maiden edition of The Kofi Annan Peace and
Security Forum, the KAIPTC’s flagship policy forum, scheduled for 4 – 5
September this year.
He commemorated the
visit by planting a tree in KAIPTC’s Peace Garden.
Mr Larcroix lauded
Ghana’s contribution to the UN peacekeeping mission over several decades.
He paid tribute to
the late Maj Gen Vib-Sanziri for his distinguished role in UN Peacekeeping
Lt Gen Akwa
commended the Under Secretary-General for coming to mourn with Ghanaians on the
loss of Maj Gen Vib-Sanziri.
The CDS noted that
peacekeeping forms a major part of Ghana’s foreign policy.
He said Ghana is
pursuing gender advocacy; stating that Ghana was making all efforts to meet the
ultimate objective of having 16 per cent of all peacekeepers being women.
He said in future
missions, Ghana would ensure that the UN’s 16 per cent target for women was
AVM Evans said
KAIPTC as a Centre of Excellence in the sub-region, would like to be the eyes
and ears of the UN in Africa.
He said the Centre
would give the UN the right information for it to make informed decisions on
the African continent.
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