New Delhi: Women officers of Indian security forces will soon impart training lessons to their US counterparts in peacekeeping, marking recognition of their exceptional work in this field. (Agencies)
The women officers, who commanded the world's only all-women Formed Police Unit (FPU) in peacekeeping in Liberia, have been invited by the US to train its officers in such operations besides sharing their experiences in the troubled African country, sources said.
The 100-member strong women contingent of Indian peacekeepers, drawn from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), has been deployed in Liberia since 2006 as part of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and has earned immense praise from the UN.
The US invitation to the women commanders was one of the several outcomes of the meeting of the Indo-US Joint Working Group (JWG) on Peacekeeping held here. The two sides also decided to establish institutionalised arrangements and collaborate on peacekeeping missions.
At the JWG meeting, the Indian side was led by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Joint Secretary (UN-Political) in the External Affairs Ministry, and the US delegation was headed by Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organisations.
The two sides have decided to intensify bilateral cooperation, consultation, and exchanges with a view to improve the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping missions.
India and the US will also develop closer consultation and cooperation on the matching of UN peacekeeping mission mandates with capacity and on ensuring political support for the success of UN peacekeeping missions.
Sources said the US agreed to consult India and the first one in this regard could be the UN Mission in Sudan.
The US also agreed to work with India in seeking reform of administrative and enabling support mechanisms for UN peacekeeping missions, including remuneration for contingent owned equipment, peacekeepers and police units, according to the 'Declaration of Principles'.
India, which is one of the topmost troop contributors to UN peacekeeping missions, wanted an upward revision of the reimbursements for personnel and equipment deployed as it is convinced that the present remuneration is not enough.
There are over 8,000 Indian security personnel working in various UN peacekeeping operations.
New Delhi: Women officers of Indian security forces will soon impart training lessons to their US counterparts in peacekeeping, marking recognition of their exceptional work in this field.