The Under Secretary General (USG) for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, met with Bangladesh Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, as part of a routine meeting with defence personnel from countries that contribute personnel to our operations.
The meeting, which took place virtually on Tuesday, was requested by Bangladesh.
Under Secretary General Lacroix recalled the allegations from recent media investigations as well as what the spokesperson of the Secretary-General has recently said on this matter during the virtual meeting, a spokesperson of UN Peacekeeping Mission told M Mushfiqul Fazal, UN correspondent of the JustNewsBD.
The reporter asked, “Would you please confirm the meeting between visiting controversial army chief of Bangladesh General Aziz and UN officials; as Bangladeshi media reported according to Bangladesh gov release “army chief called for deployment of more Bangladeshi peacekeepers in global missions.
During the meetings on Tuesday, the Army Chief also requested for appointing more Bangladeshi officers in senior positions of UN peace operations and UN headquarters”. UN senior official asked him about the corruption report specific? As you know current regime using the law and forces agency to fulfill their political goals and keeping the power by any means; extrajudicial killings is a common phenomenon of Bangladesh.”
In reply the spokesperson said, “USG Lacroix discussed Bangladesh’s contributions to peace operations and the country’s support to meet peacekeeping challenges. Lacroix paid tribute to the Bangladeshi peacekeepers who lost their lives in the line of duty, and to those injured, including recently in Mali.”
“USG Lacroix recalled the allegations from recent media investigations as well as what the spokesperson of the Secretary-General has recently said on this matter,” the spokesperson added.
The USG for the Department of Operational Support, Atul Khare, as well as other officials also met separately with General Aziz to discuss operational support elements of Bangladesh's contributions to peace operations.