WELLINGTON, April 16 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Defense Minister Ron Mark on Monday announced the deployment of an officer to an intelligence leadership role in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
"This contribution to the United Nations mission in Mali will further our reputation as a credible contributor to peace and security efforts globally," Mark said in a statement.
"Although this deployment is of one person, it is into a leadership position, allowing a high-quality contribution to the intelligence area of peacekeeping in support of the protection of civilians, mission safety, and security," he said, adding the new role will be filled by Colonel Angela Fitzsimons and will last for one year.
Her deployment will also boost the participation of women in peace operations, which is an important focus for both New Zealand and the United Nations, Mark said.
MINUSMA was established in 2013 following a security crisis in Mali and deteriorating humanitarian situation. The mission focuses on ensuring security, stabilization, the protection of civilians, and the promotion of human rights.