Accra, 29 May 2015 – The International Day of United Nations Peacekeeping has been marked in Accra to honour our gallant peacekeepers and commemorate those who lost their lives in service to humanity. The theme for the celebration is UN70, Ghana in Peacekeeping, Past, Present and Future. Present at the ceremony were the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Education, the Deputy Minister for Defence, the UN Resident Coordinator, members of the diplomatic corps and heads of the security services including the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service, and the Ghana Prisons Service.
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Christine Evans-Klock, in her speech applauded the invaluable contribution of the blue helmets to the proud history of the United Nations. She expressed her condolence to the bereaved families of fallen peacekeepers, four of whom have been honoured posthumously at an event in New York. They are Corporal Augustine Ackah of UNMIL who passed on 2nd January 2014, Sgt George Koranteng of UNMIL who passed on the 15th August 2014, LtMoses Adatara UNMIL who passed on 26th November 2014, and WOI Peter Atabire of MINUMA who passed on 14th November 2014. A minute silence was observed in their memory.
For her part, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Hanna Tetteh disclosed that the Government of Ghana has formed an inter-ministerial committee to ensure that Ghanaian Peacekeepers get state of the art equipment and technological expertise so as to protect and empower them in the discharge of their duties. She also expressed gratitude to the Government of Lebanon for providing scholarships to children of some fallen heroes.
The highlights of the event was a flag raising and wreath-laying ceremony, where Hon. Hanna
Tetteh hoisted the Ghana flag and the Resident Coordinator hoisted the United Nations flag. Wreaths were laid in memory of fallen heroes and heroines by the Government and people of Ghana, the United Nations, the Security Service and spouses of the fallen soldiers.