29 May '14, 8pm

Head of UN peacekeeping wants more surveillance #drones @AFP

Head of UN peacekeeping wants more surveillance #drones @AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States: United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions should deploy more drones and state-of the art technology to become more effective, limit boots on the ground and keep aid workers safer, their chief said on Thursday. On the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, staff paid tribute to more than 3,000 peacekeepers who have died since 1948, including 106 last year, and to those still serving on the frontline. The head of UN peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, said that a peacekeeper died on average once every three days in 2013, and that technology needs to be upgraded to assist a record number of UN boots on the ground. The Security Council last month approved a new mission in the Central African Republic and in December voted to send an extra 5,500 soldiers to war-torn South Sudan. "Clearly we cannot continue to afford to work with 20th century tools in the ...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/un-calls-for-wi...

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