The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

05/29/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/29/2019 05:47

May 29th - the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

In the international calendar of memorable dates, May 29th is celebrated as the day dedicated to United Nations peacekeepers. Every year, starting with 2003, on this day, we express gratitude to the people who served and continue serving as part of UN peacekeeping operations.

The International Day of Peacekeepers was established by the UN General Assembly in 2002. In his message on this issue, the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that soldiers were sent to the battlefield under a new flag and with a new mission - the mission of peace.

The number of participants in the first peacekeeping operations was insignificant and the tasks that were set for them in accordance with the UN mandate were mainly limited to monitoring the situation in the host state. Today, the peacekeeping contingent, in particular the UN police, in accordance with international legal standards in the human rights area perform a whole range of peace-building functions.

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has been involved in maintaining and restoring international peace and security since 1992. During this period, more than 600 officers of the Ministry have participated in 24 peacekeeping operations around the world. Law enforcement officers of the Russian Federation in the peacekeeping police force served in Georgia, the Republic of Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Haiti, the Democratic Republic of East Timor, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Kyrgyz Republic and the territory of the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

In matters of strengthening the international peace Russian peacekeepers are characterized by endurance and self-control, a sense of duty, dedication and high professionalism.