SINGAPORE (AP) - Malaysia called on July 12 for a world conference on ways to
improve U.N. peacekeeping operations, such as making sure that participating troops
meet certain standards.
Malaysian defense minister Najib Abdul Razak also suggested southeast Asian nations
list their weaponry on an arms register as a step toward developing confidence among
Najib said the conference on peacekeeping should take up "the actual day-to-day
running and management of U.N. forces."
"Above all, the recruiting of forces from various nations must meet certain
minimum standards. They must not send those who do not meet these standards. This
is a direct experience from Cambodia," he said.
Najib, however, did not name any countries he felt had sent substandard troops.
Najib said U.N. forces needed a proper decision-making process to carry out operations,
less bureaucratic administrative machinery, standard operating procedures and a "mechanism
to respond immediately, as any delay could lost lives."