United Nations: Seven Indians were among 107 United Nations peacekeepers honoured posthumously by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of International Day of UN Peacekeeping.
Paying tributes to those who paid the ultimate price for peace, Ban said on 29 May, “ we must never forget that the brunt of the burden is borne by individuals” in any peacekeeping operation.
The Indian peacekeepers who died last year included Major Devvrat Khichi, Lance Naik Kambli Ramesh Annappa, and Warrant Officer Rama Nand Singh who lost their lives while serving in the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).
Others were Naik Hari Kumar Rai, Naik Surendra Singh, Head Constable Khet Pal Singh and Kuriakose Aiyamvelil, who died while serving in the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).
Currently, India has more than 9,400 military and police personnel serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations in Ctte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Golan Heights, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Sudan and Timor-Leste.
Earlier this year, India became the first country to deploy the all female peacekeeping unit in the world body’s history when it dispatched a 103-strong formed police unit to Liberia.
Earlier, Ban along with several dozen uniformed and civilian personnel who served in various mission observed a minute’s silence in the memory of those killed.