UN pays tribute to fallen peacekeepers

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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon honors fallen peacekeepers in wreath-laying ceremony in New York. [UN Photo/Mark Garten]

"Today we honour the 111 heroes who died last year while serving under the United Nations flag", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks at a wreath-laying ceremony on International Day of Peacekeepers at UN Headquarters in New York.

The Secretary-General noted that we also pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 others who have fallen in the line of duty since the first peacekeepers deployed 65 years ago.

“We are working hard to improve safety for our personnel around the world. But peacekeeping is inherently dangerous. And the risks are growing. Last year, our personnel were killed during attacks on our patrols in Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and South Sudan. One of our helicopters was shot out of the sky in South Sudan. All four crew members died.”

Secretary-General Ban says while acts of violence receive the most attention, they are not the only threat to our personnel. Many of our fallen colleagues die from disease. Others lose their lives in car accidents on dangerous roads in undeveloped areas.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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