Russia has heartily congratulated Bangladesh on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers for playing a pivotal role in bringing peace, stability and trust in conflict zones in the world.
“It has been already 35 years since Bangladesh started providing its Armed Forces and Police for peacekeeping operations around the globe. Being the largest contributor of troops with more than 7,000 uniformed personnel deployed worldwide, Dhaka plays a pivotal role in bringing peace, stability and trust in conflict zones,” said the Russian Embassy.
The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/129, designated 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. This is the date when in 1948 the first UN peacekeeping mission named the "United Nations Truce Supervision Organization", or UNTSO, began operations in Palestine.
The day is to pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of all the men and women serving in UN peacekeeping operations, and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.
Thanks to peacekeepers, it was possible to overcome multiple conflicts and restore stability in dozens of countries that emerged from bloodshed and devastation.
Russia shares with Bangladesh this international responsibility, having been closely engaged in UN peacekeeping missions.
As a Security Council permanent member, Russia is widely involved in developing mandates for UN peacekeeping operations and gearing up mission members for constructive and respectful interaction with the host state.
As of March 31, 2023, 79 Russians, including 13 women, are serving in UN peacekeeping missions.
“Similar to our Bangladeshi partners, Russia attaches great importance to training female peacekeepers.”
In particular, the All-Russian Training Centre for Peacekeepers at the Russian Interior Ministry in Domodedovo has introduced UN-certified courses for foreign law enforcement officers, which include a large number of women.
“On this date we also pay tribute to those who, far from their homeland, gave up their lives in the name of the ideals of peace.”
Last year, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lieutenant Colonel Alexey Mizyura, head of the group of Russian UN military observers, tragically died in the line of duty and will be posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld medal.
Bangladesh has also lost dozens of her brave sons in the selfless feat, and their names have been etched into history, added the Russian Embassy statement.