By N. Briscoe
The 1st accomplished research of Britain's complicated courting with UN peacekeeping operations in the course of formative a long time. It charts the evolution of British perspectives on a world association working its personal army forces and examines policy-makers' efforts to steer, comprise and make the most person operations: in Palestine, Kashmir, Egypt (following the Suez Crisis), Lebanon, Congo and Cyprus. merits incorporated laying off colonial duties, containing conflicts, face-saving, and burden-sharing; perceived dangers incorporated interference in closing colonies and threats to postcolonial pursuits.
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While UNEF was lauded throughout the world as signifying a revolution in the field of international organization, it stirred up decidedly mixed emotions in Britain: for some it augured well for multilateral cooperation, but for others it symbolized the country’s humiliation. The Suez affair occurred at a time of flux in international and British affairs. Internationally, the period was characterized by growing competition between the West and East blocs for support in the third world. The end of the Korean War in 1953 and Khrushchev’s ascendancy in the Soviet Union had ostensibly heralded a period of détente, but the Soviet policy of ‘peaceful coexistence’ meant simply that Moscow’s efforts to gain international influence would be conducted by primarily non-military means.
It was far easier to bring pressure to bear on an international civil servant to exclude undesirable nationalities than to battle things out in the Security Council. The early UN initiatives in the field of international security provide an impression of the bounds within which British Government would expect the Organization to act. Given Britain’s positive experience with UNTSO and UNMOGIP, there was no reason to expect that it would oppose similar operations in the future. The British never liked vague projects, and firmness over the Guard Force proposal had paid off: the Field Service might or might not be useful, but at least it would not cause too much trouble.
We must therefore resist such interference … Our policy should aim at making use of all that is constructive and beneficial in the United Nations Organization; at the same time we must lose no chance of demonstrating clearly that we are in practice successfully carrying out the aims of the Colonial Sections of the United Nations Charter, which are indeed modelled on long established British Colonial policy … The United Kingdom continues to carry great weight and influence in international meetings.