To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of deploying British armed forces to join a UN peacekeeping mission against Boko Haram in Nigeria similar to that of the deployment of armed forces in Mali.
21 October 2020
There is no UN peacekeeping mission in Nigeria. The UK has no plans to make representations to the UN Security Council on the deployment of peacekeeping forces to Nigeria as we do not assess their deployment to be the most effective way to tackle the conflict with Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa, and create long-term stability. In North East Nigeria, the UK provides a comprehensive package of security, humanitarian and stabilisation assistance to help Nigeria tackle the threat from these terrorist groups, and support affected communities. We work closely with the UN, including through our support to the UN Development Programme Stabilisation Facility in North East Nigeria and our support to the work of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel.
UN peacekeeping is not suited to mounting offensive operations against terrorist networks. The UK troops deploying to MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, will help the mission fulfil its mandated tasks, including protection of civilians and support towards implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement.