UN: 9 countries delay rotating troop and police over virus

Nine nations that contribute troops and police to the United Nations’ far-flung peacekeeping operations are delaying bringing in replacements for three months due to the new coronavirus, the United Nations said Friday.

U.N. peacekeeping representative Nick Birnback said the delay in rotating troops and police by three months will enable the missions “to maintain operational strength and execute their mandated tasks.”

The Department of Peace Operations said it will have to suspend or defer some planned deployment or rotations to peacekeeping operations in Congo, Lebanon and South Sudan and its border with Sudan.

As of Friday, the nations adjusting their troop and police plans are Cambodia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, South Korea and Thailand, the department said.

As of Jan. 31, the department stated, more than 95,000 personnel were serving in 13 peacekeeping operations, including almost 70,000 soldiers, more than 8,700 cops and in excess of 12,600 civilians.

The department said there are no reported cases of the COVID-19 virus in any of the U.N’s. field operations.

Birnback said all the missions are putting in place “a series of mitigation measures to promote the safety, security and strength of all U.N. personnel while maintaining maintaining continuity of operations.” These incorporate health and sanitation policies and procedures for all personnel.
Source(s) AP News