RPA to hold workshop to document Rwanda peacekeeping experiences

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Returning from a peacekeeping mission (New Times photo)

    The Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) will be holding a workshop to document Rwanda peacekeeping experiences on26th – 30th September 2011 at Nyakinama, Musanze.

Participants at the workshop will be drawn from both the strategic and peace support operations (PSO) implementation levels.

 Participants at the operations level will include 40 officers drawn from RDF Military Observers, Contingent Commanders and Staff Officers, and 10 Police Officers. Strategic level participants will include current and former Force Commanders.

The main objective of the workshop will be to take stock of the RDF and the Rwanda National Police peacekeeping efforts and document the practical experiences of past and current personnel at both the strategic and PSO implementation levels.

Rwanda has been engaged in peacekeeping support operations since 2004. The country is currently involved in four International Missions. These include the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Preparations are under way to send a Rwandan Contingent to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This follows the winding upoftheUnited Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in July 2011 with the coming to independence of South Sudan.

With seven years involvement in peacekeeping, and the successful winding up of the AMIS, UNMIS and other Missions, experiences have been gained by Rwandan peacekeepers that could be harnessed for practical insights in peacekeeping practices.

The workshop is expected to yield lessons and insights on challenges encountered that will inform and enhance Rwanda’s and other International Missions capacity to effectively contribute to peace support operations.