Conflicts can end and lasting peace established when world is united: Ban

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Wreath-Laying Ceremony in honour of all fallen United Nations peacekeepers. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

United Nations peacekeepers have shown the world that it's possible to end conflicts when united, the Secretary-General said during a memorial for fallen heroes.

In 2013, for the sixth year in a row, more than a hundred peacekeepers died in the service of peace.

Meanwhile, over the past year, Mr Ban said that men and women serving in missions have engaged in "truly pioneering steps" to strengthen civilian protection.

He paid tribute to the 120,000 peacekeepers who voluntarily took on a "demanding and hazardous service in the course of peace"

"New tools and approaches have saved thousands of lives. Our peacekeepers undertake these tasks individually, but collectively they demonstrate the power of multilateral security. They manifest international solidarity showing the world that together, we can end conflicts and establish lasting peace."

Observing a minute of silence for these heroes, the UN chief mourned all those who died in their "selfless service."

He also honoured those who are currently serving and who have pledged to carry on their mission for a more secure world.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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