UN praises Bangladesh peacekeepers
Published: 02:34 PM, 20 June 2019 Updated: 03:19 PM, 20 June 2019
Mentioned Bangladesh as the 'most trusted, supportive and generous' country of peace, Force Commander of United Nation's peacekeeping mission praised the Bangladeshi peacekeepers for their professional skills and sincerity.
They expressed their commendations when the force commanders of the peacekeeping missions, led by UN Military Advisor Lieutenant General Carlos Lait, made a visit to the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, said a press release issued from Bangladesh mission in New York on Thursday.
According to the release, as a part of the "17th Head of Military Component Conference", held on 17-21 June, in the UN Headquarters, the force commanders of missions visit the Bangladesh Mission. There are 12 force commanders in the 35-member delegation including officers of the UN.
Masud Bin Momen, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, welcomed the delegation. He also highlighted Bangladesh's contribution to UN Peacekeeping Operations as one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations.
In this context, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN mentioned the increasing the number of Bangladeshi women peacekeepers and providing modern equipment and training.
Ambassador Masud Bin Momen reiterated Bangladesh's 'zero tolerance' policy to prevent sexual harassment and misuse during peacekeeping operations.
Defense Adviser of Bangladesh Mission Brigadier General Khan Firoz Ahmed highlighted the role and action of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in the peacekeeping missions, saying that Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations. So far, 1,063,181 peacekeepers from Bangladesh participated in 54 UN peacekeeping missions. Of them, 1,161 members were women. At present, 6,500 Bangladeshi peacekeepers are employed in 10 missions. As many as 146 people died while 227 were injured while performing their duty.
The delegation was shown two videos on Development of Bangladesh and its Participation in Peacekeeping Operations.
All members of the delegation including the force commanders of peacekeeping missions thanked the Bangladesh Mission for their excellent arrangements and hospitality.
Bangladesh Military Officers, who are working in the United Nations Headquarters, including officials of Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations were present in the programme.