UN remembers peacekeepers who lost their lives in the line of duty

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Today is International Day of UN Peacekeepers: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a ceremony to honour the memory of the blue helmets who lost their lives

The United Nations on Tuesday honoured 112 police officers and soldiers who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations around the world last year.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at a wreath laying ceremony in New York which started with the observance of a moment of silence.

Mr. Ban called the fallen peacekeepers heroes.

"They may be soldiers, police or national staff. But there are no differences among them in terms of the risks they faced, the contributions they made and the pride they took in their service to the United Nations. The difference between an ordinary person and a hero is that the hero voluntarily braves danger to save others."

Duration: 25"

Mr. Ban also thanked the 120,000 peacekeepers who are continuing to help people in crisis situations and supporting countries as they recover from conflict.

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