UN: 60 YEARS OF PEACEMAKING OPERATIONS, OVER 100 THOUSAND MEN INVOLVED

The 60th anniversary of the UN peacemaking operations will be celebrated on May 29th. A job that has involved over 110 thousand men and women in conflict areas across the world. "They – recalls the UN Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, in a message relayed today for the occasion – come from nearly 120 different countries, an all-time record number, which reflects trust in the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission. They come from small and large, rich and poor countries, some of which have recently been hit by conflicts themselves. In their work, they bring their own cultures and experiences but at the same time they share the same determination to promote peace". The UN Secretary mentions the many tasks the peacekeeping forces carry out in conflict and crisis areas. Then he recalls those who have lost their lives in peacekeeping missions: "The 60th Peacekeeping Anniversary – writes Ban Ki-moon – is an occasion to celebrate as well as to honour the memory of our departed colleagues. Over the last sixty years, over 2,400 men died to serve the cause of peace, 87 of them in 2007. Each one is a hero. Today, we undertake to make sure their sacrifices will never be forgotten and that the essential work of the Blue Helmets will go on for as long as it is needed.

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