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U.S. Department of State Statement on the Brahimi Report On U.N. Peacekeeping Reform, 2000

Speaker: Rick Boucher
Published August 23, 2000

U.S. Department of State Spokesman Richard Boucher gave this statement on the Brahimi Report on UN Peacekeeping Reform on August 23, 2000.

The Brahimi Report on U.N. Peacekeeping Reform is a major new study on
U.N. Peace and Peacekeeping Operations. The United States commends the
panel's work to strengthen the United Nations' ability to conduct
peacekeeping operations, and will carefully review its
recommendations.

On March 7, 2000, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
appointed an independent blue-ribbon panel of ten experts on U.N.
peace operations led by Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria. Annan
called upon the "Brahimi Panel" to make frank, specific and realistic
recommendations for change in U.N. peace operations.

The panel released its findings August 23. The roughly 70 page
document with approximately 60 specific recommendations calls for
improvements across the board, including doctrine, strategy, planning,
decision-making, headquarters organization and staffing levels,
logistics, rapid deployment, and public information.

The United States has been one of the earliest and most insistent
voices calling for improvement in planning, the pace of deployment,
and overall effectiveness in peacekeeping. We and other U.N. members
have been very concerned about the mismatch between the U.N.'s
burgeoning peacekeeping roles -- in Kosovo, East Timor, Lebanon,
Congo, Sierra Leone, and soon Ethiopia/Eritrea -- and its limited
ability to plan for and manage those operations. The U.N.'s Department
of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) needs more staff, strengthened
planning capacity, streamlined logistical structure, more flexible
financing and the ability to move resources into the field in real
time.
Our initial perception is the report accurately reflects our main
concerns about U.N. peacekeeping operations. We intend to work closely
with the U.N. Secretariat and other Member States in the coming months
to review the report's recommendations and develop specific plans for
implementation. We expect the report to be given serious and
expeditious consideration by the Secretariat, Security Council, and
General Membership.

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