Peña Nieto: Mexico Will Take Part in UN Peacekeeping Missions


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a speech Wednesday at the UN General Assembly meeting that his country will make the “historic step” of resuming its participation in UN peacekeeping missions.
Mexico will participate gradually and on a conditional basis, “performing humanitarian-related tasks that benefit the civilian population” and only where there is a “clear mandate” from the Security Council and when the mission is in keeping with Mexico’s foreign policy principles and domestic legal framework.
Mexico has not participated in peacekeeping operations since 1993, when it provided 120 police officers for a mission in El Salvador. Prior to that, it took part as a military observer in the Balkans from 1947 to 1950 and in Kashmir (on the Indian-Pakistani border) in 1949.
Peña Nieto also called for changes to the United Nations and “more equitable geographical representation” within the UN Security Council. He also said he supported limiting veto rights in cases of “severe violations of international humanitarian law.”
The permanent members of the Security Council – Britain, China, France, the United States and Russia – all have veto rights over that body’s actions.
“We believe that the number of non-permanent members of the Council should be expanded, creating long-term seats with the possibility of immediate re-election,” he added.
“That would require breaking inertias and changing paradigms,” he said, calling on all governments to have the willingness to listen, engage in dialogue and compromise with the aim of achieving “a new UN for a new century.”
Mexico serves as proof that profound changes can occur, Peña Nieto said, adding that the country silenced those voices that said no agreement could be reached to transform the Latin American nation.
He was referring to his administration’s “Pact for Mexico,” an accord signed by the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and Mexico’s main opposition parties.
Major overhauls of the country’s energy, education and telecommunications sectors and tax laws have occurred since the agreement was signed.
The leftist PRD party pulled out of the pact, however, because it said the energy overhaul – which ended state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos’ decades-old monopoly and is seen by its proponents as essential for boosting sagging oil output – was too far-reaching and handed over the country’s hydrocarbon resources to foreign oil majors.
“The transformations that have taken place in Mexico are due to the willingness of an entire nation that dared to change. It acted boldly and decisively. It dared to transform itself and set itself in motion.”
“The UN can change too,” he added.


  1. I think the president has great ideas when it comes to the UN. I also feel a change in the telecommunications industry has long been needed in Mexico where internet speed publicly lags way behind its neighbors to the North and competion is a good thing. I don’t agree with his approach to the petroleum industry however- I think a nations natural resources are best capitalized on by the country itself to help pay for infrastructure and the common good of its citizens- I think that one Mexico already had right.

  2. We all live within the ruins of an ancient structure, whos vast size has has rendered invisible until the advent of Google Earth and the satillite systems of many nations. W

  3. We all live within the ruins of an ancient structure, whos vast size has has rendered invisible until the advent of Google Earth and the satillite systems of many nations. With these, man has found that the surface of the earth is marked with traces of a gigantic work of prehistoric engineering … the remains of natural forces involving the use of polar magnetism together with the torsion fields related to rotating solar spheres.

    In world today … nations have devised an United Nations among nations, mostly financed by the United States, to form a structure that will unify all nations and peoples of earth.

    Today Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced an historic step for Mexico … that it will again take part in the U.N. Peace Keeping Missions. However, he is calling for more changes to the U.N. and more equatable geographical representation within the U.N. Security Council. Myself, I think there should be a more equatable payment to the U.N. by participating members.

    Mexico has some 111 million people, China and India some 1.4 billion , the U.S. some 311 million, and are among the U.N. Security Council members, all of which have nuclear weapons. Mexico should first contain the Mexican Drug Cartels that have and are controlling much of the country, and killing tens of thousands of their countrymen over the past seven years.

    The larger and more powerful a country becomes, the less power the people have. … this includes organizations like the United Nations. Some would say that there are greater money savings from one large country than many small countries, but in truth, it is in the quality of the people who govern the U.N. . what country would want to send their best and brightest people to the U.N. when these people are needed at home to guide their own country.

    Thus the U.N. can be seen as a third rate organization that is attempting to control all nations and people on the planet. Think of the ancient gigantic work of prehistoric engineering that covers the earth … that is no more.

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