Ex-Shanti Prayas 2 underway

Chairman of Council of Ministers Rt. Honorable Khil Raj Regmi inaugurated the Exercise "Shanti Prayas- II" by illuminating Peace Flame amid a grand function organized at Birendra Peace Operation Training Centre at Paanchkhal. The multi-national exercise on peace support operations is jointly organized by Nepalese Army and US Army Pacific Command under the auspices of Global peace Operation Initiative.

Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of Nepalese Army (NA), Deputy Commander of USPACOM Lt. Gen Thomas L. Conant had paid their homage to those Immortal Peacekeepers who laid their ultimate for the cause of establishing international peace by laying wreath on the "Peacekeepers Memorial".

Speaking during the ceremony, Chairman of the Council of Ministers Rt. Honorable Regmi expressed that Nepal has been complying with the principles and basic norms enshrined in the UN Charter. "Nepal attaches great importance to the centrality and indispensability of UN in the multilateral affairs, especially in the maintenance of international peace and security. Nepalese Peacekeepers have won applauses for their sterling performances while keeping peace in the difficult zones around the world which has been ably demonstrated by the contribution of large number of Peacekeepers from Nepal that has exceeded over 95,000", he said. Lauding the contribution of peacekeepers, he mentioned that in spite of the odds and challenges, the dedication and devotion of peacekeepers and their hallmark of service, neutrality and humanity have earned great reputation of the organization and nation.

CoAS Gen Gaurav SJB Rana expressed his pleasure to see 23 different countries represented in the exercise from different regions and continents. General Rana emphasized on the need for all troop contributing countries to share their experiences, best practices and lessons learnt with one another in order to effectively perform in modern multidimensional peacekeeping operations. "The increasing gap between the expanded set of mission requirements and existing capabilities in order to improve the effectiveness of peace keeping missions through better planning, preparation and integrated training is thus an indispensible component for any successful peacekeeping operation", he said.

General Rana expressed his confidence that the exercise "Shanti Prayas-II" would facilitate in fostering a global partnership among the various countries. He thanked all the facilitators, subject matter experts, instructors, participants and observers who have contributed in the exercise by imparting their knowledge and expertise to build a common understanding of the requirement of peacekeepers in multidimensional peacekeeping mission.

Deputy Commander of the US Pacific Command, Lt. Gen Thomas Conant while addressing the participants commended the efforts placed by Nepalese Army in hosting the exercise and wished for the success of the exercise.

The training conducted during the exercise will consist of a Senior Training Seminar (STS), Staff Exercise (STAFF EX) and Field Training Exercise (FTX) which includes participants from 23 countries to include Nepal, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Paraguay,  Australia, Canada, India, South Korea, United Kingdom, Vietnam and USA. Altogether 871 officers and enlisted personnel are participating in the exercise out of which 416 personnel are from NA.

Present during the ceremony were honorable minister for Home and Foreign Affairs, Chief Secretary of Government of Nepal, Defense Secretary, Home Secretary and Ambassadors of different friendly countries. Chiefs of different security agencies, former Chiefs of NA, personnel of USPACOM, Military Attaches of friendly countries, General officers of NA and media personnel were also present at the ceremony.