Lanka honours United Nations peacekeepers

UNPKSri Lanka today honoured United Nations Peacekeepers to mark the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May, is an occasion to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held this afternoon, 29 May 2015, at the Institute of Peace Support Operations Training (IPSOT- Sri Lanka) in Kukuleganga with the participation of the United Nations Acting Resident Coordinator Beth Crawford as Chief Guest to honour the memory of 6 Sri Lankan Peacekeepers who lost their lives while on duty in peace operations.
S/310553 Cpl  Wijesinghe  HM

S/309967  L/Cpl Jayasighe JBAJ

From the Sri Lanka Light infantry


S/514272   L/Cpl   Jayantha  APP

S/508381   WO II   Puspkumara  APC

From the Vijayabahu infantry Regiment


S/600518  S/Sgt  Priyawansa HMT

From the Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps 


S/69990  Cpl   Hemachandre DAG

From the Sri Lanka Electrical & Mechanical Engineers 


Director General, General Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General BA Perera, Director of the Directorate of Training of the SrI Lanka Army Brigadier KPA Jayasekara and Commandant of IPSOT-Sri Lanka Brigadier HPNK Jayapathirana also attended the event, together with officers and other ranks from the Sri Lanka Air Force, Navy  and Army.

Currently, Sri Lanka has a total of 694 military personnel serving in UN Peacekeeping Missions in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Central African Republic (MINUSCA), South Sudan (UNMISS), Lebanon (UNIFIL), Congo (MONUSCO), and Western Sahara (MINURSO) with 72 police personnel serving in 3 Missions in Haiti, South Sudan and Liberia (UNMIL).