DHAKA, May 29, 2017 (BSS) - President M Abdul Hamid has asked Bangladesh peacekeepers to continue their work in the UN peacekeeping mission with utmost professionalism, integrity, devotion and sincerity.
"I expect, you (members from army, navy, air force and police forces working in the United Nations peacekeeping missions) would work to establish Bangladesh as a peace-loving country by upholding country's national flag in the global arena," he said while addressing a programme on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers here today.
At the outset of his speech, the President paid rich tribute to the memory of Bangladesh peacekeepers who embraced martyrdom while working in UN peacekeeping mission and prayed for salvation of their departed souls and also showed due respects to those who received injuries at different peacekeeping missions in different times.
Referring to the historic address of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the UN General Assembly on September 25 in 1974 where he expressed his firm desire to establish global peace, Abdul Hamid said, "Since then Bangladesh has been playing an important role in maintaining good relations with different peace loving and friendly countries in the world by taking part in the UN peacekeeping mission."
The President categorically said Bangladesh has emerged as a country of peace and communal harmony around the world and Bangladesh peacekeepers have been able to attain credibility by dint of their highest standard of professionalism, devotion and bravery since the very beginning.
This trend would continue like other 126 countries which are working to establish world peace under the UN peacekeeping mission, he hoped.
"Bangladesh's strong participation in the UN peacekeeping activities and different nation-building efforts has taken the country to a dignified position globally. Besides, the peacekeepers are contributing a lot to the country's economy and strengthening bilateral and multilateral diplomatic relations," the President observed.
Noting that Bangladesh is currently one of the largest troop contributing nations in UN Peacekeeping mission, President Hamid said apart from the male, the number of female peacekeepers from the armed forces and police has also been increasing in the mission gradually.
The President stressed the need for increasing the representation of female peacekeepers in the mission as the women troops can ensure security of women and children, help working female police forces and ensure women empowerment of host countries.
He emphasized the importance of imparting special training to the members of the armed forces and police to continue strong participation of the Bangladesh peacekeepers with dignity and expertise as the government is sending the peacekeepers ensuring adaptation ability with different countries' environment and land as well as equipping them with modern technology based war weapons, improved communication machinery, ultra-modern tank and other modern equipment.
The President gave awards to two deceased peacekeepers who faced martyrdom and eight others who were injured while on duty in the missions. He later talked to the peacekeepers of four countries and inquired about their well-being in the missions through video conference.
Ministers, the deputy speaker, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, UN Resident Coordinator Robert D Watkins, members of diplomatic corps, chiefs of three services, members of parliament (MPs), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and secretaries concerned were also present on the occasion.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)