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New Delhi, Dec 16, 2016: A total of 6,915 Indian military personnel are involved in UN peacekeeping missions, Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said on Friday.

They include 6,909 personnel from the Army, four from the Indian Air Force and two from the Navy, the minister told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

“The composition and criteria for selection of personnel as part of the contingents for UN Missions is guided by the UN guidelines on the subject and mission-specific requirements,” he said.

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“The criteria for selection of Staff Officers and Military Observers are based on specific requirement of the assignment and demonstrated performance as reflected in the Confidential Reports of the individual officers.”

In 2016, India was the second largest troop contributor, with more than 7,700 personnel deployed in 13 active missions. This included more than 800 police personnel.

India has been the largest troop contributor to UN missions.

So far, India has taken part in 49 peacekeeping missions with a total contribution exceeding 180,000 troops and a significant number of police personnel. (IANS)

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Vietnam Offering Support to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Sustained aid from nations is necessary to continue WFP operations in Bangladesh, the UN agency warned

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Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wade past a waterlogged path leading to the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. VOA

United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh said it welcomed a new contribution of $50,000 from Vietnam to support operations in Coxs Bazar – home to nearly one million Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar.

“We are very grateful to Vietnam for stepping up to assist people living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Representative and Country Director, in a statement.

“This remains a serious humanitarian emergency, and continued support from the international community is vital if we are to keep providing the humanitarian assistance that is so badly needed.”

Vietnam’s new aid was announced by the Special Envoy of Prime Minister, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nguyen Quoc Dzung, during a visit to Bangladesh, according to WPF.

“Although this is a modest contribution, we are hopeful that our support will advance the response to this crisis situation,” he said.

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Rohingya women and children are seen at a temporary shelter in the Kalindi Kunj area of New Delhi, India, April 15, 2018. VOA

Vietnam joins dozens of other states who have pledged their support to the Cox’s Bazar response since the August 2017 refugee influx, said WFP, which provides food assistance to more than 870,000 refugees per month at the sprawling refugee settlement.

The UN agency also provides nutritional and livelihood support to the host community at Cox’s Bazaar, with the aim of helping the most vulnerable, WFP said.

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Sustained aid from nations is necessary to continue WFP operations in Bangladesh, the UN agency warned.

Over 750,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Cox’s Bazar since August 2017 to escape persecution and violence by Myanmar’s military in Northern Rakhine State. Thousands of other Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh during previous periods of repression in Myanmar. (IANS)