In late 2015, there will be eight members of the
Mexican Armed Forces participating in the PKO.
Eight members of Mexico’s Armed Forces will join three
United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO) as Mexico continues to gradually
increase its participation in these operations. They will be deployed this
month, for periods of between 6 and 12 months, to: the UN Stabilization Mission
in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara
(MINURSO) and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
MINUSTAH-Haiti: As part of strengthening the bilateral
cooperation between Mexico and Chile regarding the UN PKO, a major and a
sergeant from the Defense Ministry (SEDENA) and a Navy lieutenant (SEMAR) will
work out of the headquarters of the Chilean national contingent in MINUSTAH in
an advisory and planning role.
In coordination with the UN, a SEDENA major will also join
MINUSTAH as a communications adviser at mission headquarters.
MINURSO-Western Sahara: in coordination with the UN, a major
and a captain from SEDENA will join MINURSO as military observers.
UNIFIL-Lebanon: as part of the close cooperation between Mexico
and Spain in PKO, a captain from SEDENA and a captain from SEMAR will be posted
to the headquarters of the Spanish national contingent.
With these eight new members of the Mexican military a total
of 12 will be participating in PKO by the end of 2015.
In April of this year, Mexico resumed its participation in
the PKO by sending four members of the military to participate in MINUSTAH and
The military objective of Mexico’s participation is to train
military observers and specialists in the officer corps of the Mexican Armed
Forces, raising their profile, giving them field experience and training them
in the work of the UN PKO under the highest international standards.
Joining the PKO is consistent with Mexico’s foreign policy
goal of strengthening its cooperation and support for global and United Nations
peacekeeping and international security efforts. Mexico is aware that the UN PKO
are one of the clearest examples of global responsibility and are essential for
the peaceful settlement of disputes.
With this decision, Mexico—as a global actor with
responsibilities to and within the international community—reaffirms its
commitment to defending the best causes of humanity, in accordance with the
principles and values of the United Nations.
With these actions, the Ministries of Defense and the Navy strengthen
the bonds of understanding with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights, promoting an awareness of human rights for their observance among
its members, and of respect and protection of individuals, positioning Mexico
as an actor with global responsibility.