Kazakhstan assists in global peacekeeping: approves deployment of 430 troops to UN missions in Middle East and Africa

Kazakhstan has unanimously approved the deployment of up to 430 peacekeepers to the volatile regions of the Middle East and Africa, marking a significant commitment to global stability.

Kazakhstan has begun preparations to send peacekeepers to the Middle East and Africa. Members of Parliament have unanimously endorsed President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s proposal to dispatch up to 430 peacekeepers to various UN missions, which represents a major development in Kazakhstan’s changing international role.

Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping mission is wide-ranging and includes important UN missions like the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO, Palestine – Israel), the UN Observer Force for Disengagement in the Golan Heights (UNDOF, Syria – Israel), the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS, South Sudan), and UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA, Sudan).

Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping mission is wide-ranging and includes important UN missions like the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO, Palestine – Israel), the UN Observer Force for Disengagement in the Golan Heights (UNDOF, Syria – Israel), the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS, South Sudan), and UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA, Sudan).

Defense Minister Ruslan Zhaksylykov described the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan’s readiness to provide a variety of resources to United Nations missions during a joint meeting of the parliamentary chambers. Offering individual military personnel as staff officers and observers is one way to support UN peacekeeping operations. Other essential elements include infantry, medical, engineering, and reconnaissance support.

Kazakhstan’s commitment is noteworthy in that it sent its first independent national peacekeeping contingent. This reserve company, which consists of 139 soldiers with their uniforms, weapons, and personal belongings, will be sent to the UN mission that is in charge of keeping an eye on disengagement in the Golan Heights.

The deployment is slated to take place in March 2024, and the upcoming international agreement with the UN will specify the responsibilities of each party, including matters of logistical and financial support. Kazakhstan has demonstrated its commitment to actively taking part in international peacekeeping operations by agreeing to pay for the contingent’s and the equipment’s transportation.