Peacekeeping documentation workshop opens
Rwanda Peace Academy documentation of lessons drawn from Rwanda’s peacekeeping missions began on 26th September.
While opening the five-day workshop, the Minister of Defence, Gen. James Kabarebe, said the RDF has gained a wealth of experiences which can be applied in conflict prevention.
“After seven years of involvement in peace support missions, time has come to take stock of that experience.
“Our collective accomplishment to date reflects Rwanda’s deeply held values, our commitment to peacekeeping, prevent conflicts and effectively deal with post-conflict challenges,” Kabarebe said.
Part of what will be discussed during the workshop is the role of the UN and its agencies in PSO, human rights, humanitarian aspects, and sustainable post conflict recovery.
Lt. Gen. Chikadiba Isaac Obiakor, a member of the advisory Board of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will participate in the documentation workshop.
Rwanda’s peacekeeping operations started in 2004 with the deployment of 155 military personnel as part of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), followed by 255 troops in UNMIS. Currently Rwanda has over 3500 PSO personnel in various missions.
“Rwanda is a unique example of how a country, having emerged from Genocide, can negotiate a peaceful transition based on its own conflict resolution techniques and its own vision of meaningful and enduring development,” Kabarebe said.
Rwanda Police Officers are currently involved in the United nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), UN Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and UN Mission in Central African Republic in Chad (MINTCAT).
The Acting Director of the Rwanda Peace Academy, Col. Innocent Kabandana, said that the participants will hear from current and former commanders who will offer strategic perspectives.
He said that the outcome will be documented ina report that will be available to the public and posted on the Academy’s website.
By Bonny Mukombozi, The New Times, 27th Sept. 2011