"The blue helmets
have paid a heavy price in the service of peace.
Like many countries affected by conflict, Cambodia experienced first hand the vital role played by the blue helmets
in maintaining peace and security.
Sovanny, has already sent thousands of the blue helmets
for various UN missions in eight countries since more than a decade ago.
Congo was the first mission in which Pakistani peacekeepers participated in 1960 and it continues to host the largest contingent of Pakistani blue helmets
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, strongly condemned the attack which led to the deaths of two 'blue helmets
' from Sri Lanka and injured six others.
Other peacekeeping troops - known as blue helmets
- were injured in the attack, which was carried out by suspected Islamic fighters with a number of armed vehicles in the north-eastern town of Aguelhok.
The multinational force provides a buffer between Israeli and Lebanese forces but Israel has several times ignored the "UN blue helmets
" by invading Lebanon in 1982, and 2006.
Pakistan will continue to be on the frontlines of Peacekeeping as we remain among the world's top Troop contributing countries to UN blue helmets
.' Pakistan is one of the largest contributors of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping.
So far, 156 Pakistani blue helmets
have embraced martyrdom while serving under the UN umbrella.
President Weah commended the gallantry of the men and women in blue helmets
for ensuring peace and stability in Liberia.
"Women are selling their bodies to the Blue Helmets
out of desperation," he said.
She called for concrete steps to be taken to ensure the safety of UN peacekeepers and added, 'In theatres like Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Blue Helmets
frequently come under direct attack, a phenomenon unheard of just a few years ago.'
Criticizing the recent cuts in the UN peacekeeping budget, Ambassador Lodhi said, "Lack of adequate resources results inevitably in non-implementation of the very mandates that we fashion for our Blue Helmets
. We should be talking about enhancing capabilities, not across the board cuts in the peacekeeping budget".
NNA - 'Blue helmets
' of culture set up in Rome to protect the world's artistic heritage.