The International Peace-keeping Operations: The Jordanian Armed Forces' Experience

The International Peace-keeping Operations: The Jordanian Armed Forces Experience

  • 13 March 2001

Quoting the former UN Secretary General Dag
Hammarskjöld who said “Peacekeeping operations are
not military operations but can only be performed by the
military,” Eid Kamil Al-Rawdan pointedly emphasized the
unconventional military operations used in peacekeeping
methods in troubled areas. Al-Rawdan said that peacekeeping
operations involve simultaneous humanitarian, diplomatic,
political and military action. Al-Rawdan discusses how the
UN Security Council is, in theory, like a worldly executive
council in which it acts as a military chief of staff to the
world—as the operations are managed through the UN
Secretariat General, directed by the Assistant Secretary
General for Peacekeeping Operations, and carried out in
joint cooperation with a military advisory body, which is
headed by a lieutenant general.
He noted that the Jordanian Armed Forces have
participated in peacekeeping missions since 1989, numbering
20,068 peacekeepers covering Mozambique, Georgia,
Tajikistan, Liberia, Somalia, Congo, ex-Yugoslavia, East
Timor, Sierra Leone and Eritrea. Further, he considered that
the Jordanian Armed Forces’ participation in peacekeeping
operations reflects the philosophy of the Jordanian
leadership and their vision to achieve international security
and peace. As Jordan is a small, peaceful country located in
a turbulent environment, regional and international peace
and security will support its national security. Furthermore,
participation in peacekeeping operations reflects Jordan’s
policy of justice and peace and enhances the expertise,
efficiency and readiness of its armed forces.

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Tuesday 13 March 2001

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Tuesday 13 March 2001

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