PEACEKEEPING AND THE UK
Once the largest contributor of troops to the UN peacekeeping missions,vthe UK currently deploys arpund 720 peacekeepets:380 in south Sudan (Uk rtroops run a field hospital and engineering programme), 280 in cyprus and 80 acting ad advisers in other missions, predominantly Somalia. The UK is the sixth largest financial contributor to peace keeping.
3,553 UN peacekeepers from 119 Nations have lost their lives; of these, 104 were British. The International Day was first observed in 2003 on 29th May, the date in 1948 when the first mission began operations in the palestine, to pay tribute to all those who died in the line of duty.
The Band of the welsh guards and the colour Guard of the United Nations Veterans Association led the members of the diplomatic corps and other wreath-Layers from the Royal United Services Institute to the Cenotah.
Speeches were made by David Wardrop, chair Westminister United Nations Association and The Revd Nigel Cowgil, chair, Lindon District Methodist church. Mrs Geetha Maheshwaran, Shree Ghanapathy Temple.
Wreathes were laid and after the ceremony, the colour Guard of the UN veterans Association, led the procession back to the Royal Unite Services Institute.
“If we are to have Peace on earth, Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective”- MLK
#Rest in Peace, Victims of Konduga, Borno attack.
#Rest in Peace, Victims of Manchester & beyond attacks
Peace & Love