UN experts: Kazakhstani peacekeepers are ready for the mission

The UN commission has conducted a comprehensive assessment of the capabilities and the level of readiness of Kazakhstan military personnel, intended to participate in peacekeeping operations.

During the week, inspectors led by Cedric Pascal, a planning officer of the Force Generation Service of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, have assessed the equipment of peacekeepers; vehicles, armament, ammunition, engineering, medical assets, and means of CBR protection availability.

Close attention was paid to the methodology and system of peacekeeping training, and the level of English language proficiency.

“During online interviews, experts from various UN structures assessed the knowledge of military personnel on issues of gender equality and international humanitarian law,” clarified Colonel Bauyrzhan Nigmetullin, Commandant of the Peace Operations Centre of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan.

At the “Bitimger” training centre, UN inspectors evaluated the peacekeepers cohesion on ensuring the security of the peacekeeping base, organizing checkpoints, patrolling, and providing first medical aid in case of injury. An algorithm of actions in the event of detecting an explosive device was also practiced.

It should be noted that our contingent is equipped with armored wheeled vehicles and off-road vehicles.

“In accordance with UN standards, the contingent’s vehicles have been repainted into white color, and moreover, they have been upgraded to specific tasks. For example, one of the armored wheeled vehicles has been modified to provide first medical aid and evacuate the wounded,” specified Lieutenant Colonel Rustam Zhanzhumenov, Head of Logistics Department - Deputy Chief of the Centre.

The UN experts have noted the high-level readiness of peacekeeping contingent and the professionalism of the instructor staff of the Peace Operations Centre. In January 2024, the UN commission will present the final assessment on the readiness of the peacekeeping contingent for self-sustainment.