President Enrique Peña Nieto  delivered his speech at the Summit on Peacekeeping Operations held at the United Nations headquarters, within the framework of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.

Speaking to Heads of State and Government of the member countries of this multilateral organization, the Mexican president urged them, “To renew our commitment to peace in the world.”

“The UN’s main tools for achieving this noble and lofty purpose are the peacekeeping operations,” he said, stressing that only a year ago, Mexico decided to take a historic step in its relations with the United Nations, to join the group of states that participate in these operations with military personnel.

He declared that only seven months after the formal announcement of this incorporation, the first elements of the Mexican Armed Forces were deployed in UN missions in Haiti and Western Sahara.

In this context, he announced the actions to be undertaken by the Mexican government in this field:

First.- Towards the end of 2015, members of the Mexican Army will participate in the UN mission for the referendum on the Western Sahara. At the same time, Mexico’s presence will be strengthened in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. Mexican elements will also be incorporated into the United Nations provisional force in Lebanon.

Second.- In 2016, the personnel deployed are expected to be relieved in order to form a group trained under the highest international standards, with extensive experience in the field.

Third.- On the basis of the plan drawn up by the Mexican Armed Forces, in conjunction with the UN, from 2018 onwards, Mexico will have its own training center for personnel to be deployed in future peacekeeping operations.

President Peña Nieto declared that by joining the group of states that participate in peacekeeping operations with military personnel, “My country assumes its global responsibility and places its experience in the field of humanitarian assistance at the service of this distinguished multilateral organization.”

Thanking all the countries that have generously shared with Mexico their extensive, proven experience in peacekeeping, he praised the “Men and women of various nationalities, deployed in 16 UN peacekeeping operations, who work tirelessly for a safer, more prosperous and peaceful world.”

This meeting was attended by approximately 60 heads of state, including the leaders of the United States; the United Kingdom; Chile; France; the Netherlands; Japan; Italy and China.