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Shanti Prayas-III commenced at Birendra Peace operations training center

The Multinational peace support operation (PSO) exercise "Shanti Prayas-III' (peace endeavor in English translation) kicked off amid a special ceremony organized at Birendra Peace Operations Training Center (BPOTC), Panchkhal, Kavrepalanchok on March 20, 2017. Right Honorable Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony, formally inaugurated the exercise by lighting the flame of peace. During the ceremony, Rt Hon Prime Minister Mr Dahal, COAS Gen Rajendra Chhetri, Admiral Harry B.Harris JR., the commander of USPACOM and HE Alaina B. Teplitz, Ambassador of United States to Nepal positioned wreath to the Martyr's Memorial on separate occasions.

During the opening ceremony, COAS Gen Chhetri delivered the welcome remarks. Likewise, speaking separately on the occasion, Rt Hon Prime Minister Mr Dahal, Admiral Harry B.Harris JR., USN and HE Alaina B. Teplitz acclaimed Nepali Army's effort in making international peace and stressed that this kind of exercises will further help to maintain the international peace.

The Nepali Army (NA), in coordination with US Pacific Command (USPACOM) under GPOI , program is conducting this exercise which includes Regional Training Seminar(RTS), Staff Training Event (STE), Field Training Event (FTE) and Critical enable and capability enhancement (2CE).The aim of this exercise Shanti Prayas –III is to increase participants’ interoperability and peacekeeping skills prior to their deployment to UN Missions. The four events are

(a) Staff Training Event (STE) which aims to improve multinational readiness and coordination in a UN Force HQ (UNFHQ) operational-level environment, develop headquarters staff skills in preparation for PKO HQ deployment, address UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ (DPKO) concerns regarding staff officer skills and to improve capabilities in Operations, Logistics, Planning and UN Civil-Military Coordination.

(b) Field Training Event ( FTE) is intended to enhance tactical level Peace Support Operation (PSO) training and to exchange organizational tactics, techniques and procedures to reinforce and improve tactical PSO-multinational interoperability among all participating friendly nations military.

(c) Critical Enabler and Capability Enhancement (2CE) aims to provide students a basic understanding of EOD/C-IED, Military Police ,C3I and Medical’s Operations, resources, capabilities, and procedures in support of UN PKO missions.

(d) Regional Training Seminar (RTS) on the side line of these 3 events, Regional training Seminar aims to provide up to date information on peacekeeping training requirements, address key challenges facing UN missions and identify recommendations for improvements in the newly prepared manuals regarding POC, Operational readiness, training, ROEs etc to improve mission performance.

The multinational exercise is the latest in a continuing series of exercises in the Asia-Pacific region designed to encourage regional peace and security and enhance the peacekeeping capabilities and capacity of nations participating in the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). Exercise "SHANTI PRAYAS-III", is a multinational Peace Support Operations (PSO) exercise designated to train defense personnel from Nepal, US, GPOI and Non GPOI and friendly countries.

Altogether 1135 personnel from 28 countries out of which 22 GPOI countries including Nepal (Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cambodia, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Pakistan, Rwanda, Srilanka Kirgizstan, , United States, Uruguay, Vietnam) and 7 Non-GPOI countries (Australia, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, United Kingdom) are took part in the exercise.

UNDPKO recognizes the PDT and UN Staff Officers Course Conducted in BPOTC

The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations has recently verified and provided the Training Recognition to the Contingent Pre-deployment Training and United Nations Staffs Officers Course conducted by the BPOTC.

COAS's Speech

"There is no question that as UN peacekeeping continues to evolve, so will the training needs of UN peacekeepers. Hence, peacekeeping training should have a systematic approach in order to develop training standards, policies, guidance and best practices for the trainers. Only the outcome of such training can help to meet the mission requirements."

Coverage of Shanti Prayas III by Nepalese National Media
Coverage of Shanti Prayas III by Nepalese National Media
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