Source: Ministry of Defence Rwanda
The Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) will be hosting a workshop to document Rwanda peacekeeping experiences on 26th – 30th September 2011 at Nyakinama, Musanze.
Participants at the workshop will be drawn from the strategic and peace support operations (PSO) implementation levels. These will include 40 officers to be drawn from RDF Military Observers, Contingent Commanders and Staff Officers, and 10 Police Officers at the PSO implementation level.
Participants at the strategic level will include current and former Force Commanders.
The participants will deeply discuss the role of UN and its agencies in peace support operations, the human rights and humanitarian aspects, the sustainable post conflict recovery and they will also discuss achievements and challenges drawn from Rwanda’s experience in different UN missions.
The main objective of the workshop will be to take stock of the RDF and the Rwanda National Police peacekeeping efforts and document the practical experiences of past and current personnel at both the strategic and PSO implementation levels.
Rwanda has been engaged in peacekeeping support operations since 2004, which began under the former African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) whose mandate ended in 2007. Rwanda has since been engaged in various other peace support operations and currently has peacekeeping personnel in four International Missions, namely, the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID); the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH); the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
Preparations are under way to send a Rwandan Contingent to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This follows the RDF’s Sixth Khartoum Contingent winding up its tour of duty with the coming independence of South Sudan and subsequent dissolution of United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in July 2011.
Rwanda started its peace keeping mission in the troubled civil war ravaged Darfur region in 2004 and has since registered tremendous success which has led to the increase of Rwandan peacekeepers totaling to 3,500 troops.