Germany gears up for more UN missions

Germany gears up for more UN missions
Von der Leyen visiting German troops in Mali earlier this year. Photo: DPA
Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday the country could play a bigger military role in UN peacekeeping operations.

Von der Leyen was visiting the UN headquarters in New York as part of her American tour and subsequently said Germany should play a greater role in UN missions.

“We have key capacities and capabilities which other nations do not have,” she said after meeting deputy Secretary-General of the UN Jan Eliasson.

Germany’s defence chiefs would now “consider” how the military could get more involved, but no concrete missions were discussed in New York, the minister added.

Von der Leyen later stressed that greater involvement didn’t necessarily mean military force.

“The United Nations also needs police, judges and trainers,” she told broadcaster ARD on Wednesday.

Germany currently has 250 soldiers taking part in six UN missions. 

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