№ 3, 2000
Is There a Case for Standing UN Forces
The analysis of different aspects of the combat readiness of the forces used for the UN peacekeeping operations made the author conclude that under a crisis situation requiring an urgent deployment of armed forces for international peace and security maintenance the only real answer is the formation of permanent UN forces. These forces should have a definite structure, appropriate organization and drill, adequate armament, and be at the UN disposal for the immediate use after the sanction of the Security Council. The author proves that such an idea will be soon accepted in the interested circles. However, existing proposals give rise to certain doubts, in particular, the apprehension of developing countries that the Security Council permanent members will use the UN forces in their own interests.
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