United Nations: UN will honour over 100 UN peacekeepers, including five Indians, who were killed.

The International Day of United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers will be observed on Wednesday to honour over 100 Blue Helmets (peacekeepers) deployed around the world, a UN statement said on Saturday.

In a message, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "One hundred and eleven peacekeeping personnel died last year and more than 3,100 have lost their lives in the UN's 65-year history of peacekeeping. We salute their bravery and mourn their passing."

Among the peacekeepers who died in 2012, five are from India. Subedar Jagdish Chand, Naik Krishan Kumar, Naik Dharam Pal Saini and Lance Havlidar Rajinder Singh lost their lives serving with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Lance Dafadar Ravindera Poonia was killed in Lebanon. Commemorative activities will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York as well as at UN peacekeeping operations and offices around the world.

There are nearly 80,000 military personnel, 12,500 police officers, 17,000 international civilian and national staff serving in 15 peacekeeping operations on four continents. India is the third largest contributor of peacekeepers to the UN with 7,795 serving worldwide.

To honour the fallen peacekeepers and those who continue to serve in the cause of peace, there will be several events at the UN headquarters in New York.


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