Five Fallen Cambodian Peacekeepers To Be Honoured at UN Headquarters

Five fallen Cambodian peacekeepers will be among the 129 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives in peacekeeping operations during 2017 to be posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjold medal, according to a UN's press release AKP received here this morning.

They are Sergeant Bulong Luy, 2nd Lieutenant Eng Mao, Sergeant Tola Mom, 2nd Lieutenant Norin Seang and Sergeant Som Im who all served with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), it pointed out.

The award ceremony will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York on June 1, as part of the observance of the International Day of Peacekeepers (May 29) under the presidency of UN Secretary-General H.E. Antonio Guterres, the press release said.

Cambodia is the 32nd largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping, it underlined, adding that the country currently deploys nearly 800 military and police personnel to the UN peace operations in Abyei, the Central African Republic, Lebanon, Mali, Sudan and South Sudan.

In his message to mark the International Day of Peacekeepers, UN Secretary-General H.E. Antonio Guterres announced that he will spend the Day with United Nations Peacekeepers in Mali to express my solidarity with colleagues facing high casualties and enormous volatility.

This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of UN Peacekeeping, the flagship enterprise of the Organisation described by the Secretary-General as a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity.

We express our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives. We honour the more than 3,700 blue helmets who have paid the ultimate price over the past seven decades. And we pay tribute to the 14 peacekeeping missions working around the clock to protect people and advance the cause of peace, according to H.E. Guterres.

Today, more than 96,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop- and-police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag, alongside more than 15,000 international and national civilian staff and nearly 1,600 United Nations Volunteers.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press