Bangladesh in Peace Support Operations
Bangladesh started its peace keeping journey by contributing a group of officers to UNIIMOG in 1988. This was followed by another observer group sent to Namibia in 1989. After a very successful participation of a Bangladeshi contingent in Gulf War in 1990, a battalion strength contingent was sent for the first time to UNIKOM in 1993. Since then Bangladesh never hesitated in responding any UN call for peace support operation.
Training for Peace Support Operations (PSO)
Soldiers are basically trained to fight wars. As such it's a daunting challenge to 'train regular troops for Peace Support Operations' under UN banner. The 2nd Secretary General His Excellency Mr. Dag Hammarskjold albeit mentioned "PEACEKEEPING IS NOT A JOB FOR SOLDIER'S BUT ONLY SOLDIERS CAN DO IT". UNDPKO therefore emphasised for appropriate training of the peacekeepers which up till now remains the responsibility of the member states. At this backdrop, Peace Keeping Operation Training Centre (in short PKOTC) was raised here on 24 June 1999 with a view to training our officers and men prior to their deployment in mission area.
From PKOTC to BIPSOT - A Step Ahead
During 90s, peace support operations were re-evaluated in the wake of changing dimensions of conflicts, which were mostly intra-state and ethnical in nature. Mr Brahimis' report of October 2001 paved the way for a new approach to peace support operations for effectively coping with the emerging complex situations. The recommendations of Brahimis' report were incorporated into our training curricula, which required certain changes and review of the then training modalities. PKOTC was hence remodelled to accommodate these changes; its scope was widened, newer dimensions were addressed and training aspects of all types of Peace Support Operations were incorporated. Eventually, the institution was renamed as BIPSOT in 2002. Gradually, through hard work and utmost dedication, BIPSOT emerged as one of the premier Peace Keeping Centres in this region which is globally recognized.