6 Dec 1995
Report to Ministers by the Political-Military Steering Committee/ Ad
Hoc Group on Cooperation in Peacekeeping
- The Political-Military Steering Committee/Ad Hoc Group on Cooperation
in Peacekeeping (PMSC/AHG) was established to serve as the main NACC/PfP
body for consultations on the political and conceptual aspects of peacekeeping,
for the exchange of peacekeeping experience, and for the consideration
of practical measures for cooperation in peacekeeping. During 1995,
the Group continued efforts aimed at developing, within the NACC/PfP
framework and beyond, a common understanding of key conceptual aspects
of peacekeeping; the Group also sponsored work in several areas, such
as training, communications, and command and control, to improve practical
cooperation in peacekeeping.
I. Conceptual Approaches
- The Group continued its thorough review of the definitions, principles,
and criteria set out in the Report on Cooperation in Peacekeeping endorsed
by NACC Ministers at Athens in June, 1993. Elements for a "follow-on"
report to the Athens Report, updating aspects of it in light of experience
gained since 1993, were discussed in detail at Group meetings during
the second half of 1995. This discussion provided an opportunity for
all Group members to share views and experiences relating to conceptual
aspects of peacekeeping. Significant common understanding was reached
among Group members on the characteristics of, and principles and criteria
associated with, what the United Nations Secretary-General has called
"multifunctional peacekeeping operations". A copy of the agreed document
is being submitted separately for endorsement by Ministers with a view
to making it public.
- In addition to work on the follow-on to the Athens Report, the Group
also heard and commented on ideas for improving the United Nations'
rapid reaction capabilities. These ideas, presented by several Group
members, included: the creation of a United Nations rapid reaction capability
and rapid deployment brigade; improved use of existing standby commitments
of forces; and the establishment of a "vanguard concept" permitting
the UN to quickly plan responses to crises and deploy forces in response.