Russia: U.N. peacekeeping supported

June 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

SINGAPORE, June 6 (UPI) -- International peacekeeping by the United Nations could be the solution to problems in "uncontrolled" territories, a Russian government official said.

Speaking at a security conference in Singapore, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov identified areas along the Afghan-Pakistani border, the "Golden Triangle" southern provinces of Thailand and the southern Philippines as examples of "uncontrolled territories" posing security threats to their specific countries and to the region at large, RIA Novosti reported Sunday.

Such territories are often safe havens for terrorists and pirates, and starting points of international drug traffic routes, Ivanov said.

"Of course, the primary responsibility to restore administration in these areas should rest with the state to which those belong," Ivanov said. "However, in practice states are not always able to solve such problems on their own."

"In these cases," he said, "peacemaking becomes an effective tool to restore and support the legitimate administration in uncontrolled territories."

Russia supports expansion of U.N preventive and anti-crisis peacekeeping activities, Ivanov said.

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