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More extra peacekeeping operations, some troops in 2019

The number of global peacekeeping missions climbed slightly in 2019, but the number of employees deployed continued to decrease, researchers said Wednesday.

However, the number of troops, civilian, and police employees decreased by 4.8 percentage, together with 10 of the world’s biggest surgeries either withdrawing employees or retaining the amount securely.

The reduced quantity of employees continues a four-year tendency and is a manifestation of reductions or closures of many of the UN’s bigger peacekeeping operations.

In sub-Saharan Africa, employees fell by 5.8 percent, although the region still accounts for 71 percent of staff in peace operations.

Some of the larger operations, for example, UNAMID in Darfur and also MONUSCO from the Democratic Republic of Congo are moving towards the end of life.

“Though the scenarios aren’t secure, the scenarios have improved about what they had been,” van der Lijn told AFP.

Adding to this, there’s”less openness to deploy new big operations” from the UN’s Security Council, he said, pointing into battle regions like Syria, Yemen, and Libya where possible UN peacekeeping operations might have been up for discussion before.

The decreased openness can be tracked to Security Council members, especially the US, trying to cut down on prices, together with a feeling that peacekeeping operations aren’t that effective.

A false premise based on van der Lijn, who states that from a qualitative standpoint the outcomes of peacekeeping operations are in reality often favorable, though we often concentrate on unsuccessful cases such as those in Rwanda or the former Yugoslavia.

Together with the decrease in employees in sub-Saharan Africa, the attention of peacekeeping operations is marginally shifting into the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA), the only areas to observe a little gain in the amount of peacekeeping personnel.

One of UN peacekeeping operations, MINUSMA in Mali has been comparatively lethal while many other UN operations suffer comparatively few deaths from hostile attacks.

Of these acts, 23 targeted uniformed employees, all but one of whom were set up with MINUSMA.