International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

Accra – The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers has been commemorated in Ghana with a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony in Accra.   The rather solemn event was to pay tribute to the many fallen heroes and active peacekeepers all over the world for which Ghana contributes a significant number.

Amongst the observers at the brief ceremony were members of the military service, the diplomatic community, students, chiefs and community leaders and the general public.

The Minister of Defence Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith said Ghana’s constitution clearly reinforces its commitment to global peace because by constitution, it is an obligation for every Ghanaian to keep peace.  He advised Ghana’s active peacekeepers to continue to serve with commitment and dedication, adding that “our dedicated compatriots did not die in vain”.

For her part the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon said Ghana service in peacekeeping is an indication of its firm support to the principle that “Peace, Security and Development must go together”. She said “Ghana’s democratic history of peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections has paved the way for a bright future of sustainable human development which can benefit all Ghanaians, including the most vulnerable groups, especially women and children, and the most marginalized regions of the country”. She paid glowing tribute to men and women of Ghana’s security service for their exemplary leadership in peacekeeping.

Sounding of the last post was followed by a minute’s silence in memory of the many peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of duty. Five wreathes were also laid in their memory.  The fifth wreath was laid by Mrs. Rejoice Nunoo, wife of the late Sergeant Robert Alex Arthur, who died in 2000 while serving in UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone.