May 29 is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

May 29 is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Today, on May 29, is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. The first ever UN peacekeeping mission was created in 1948. Since then, more than one million men and women have served in more than 70 UN peacekeeping operations. This year, the UN peacekeeping forces are conducting various operations in 15 locations around the world. Kazakh soldiers also participate in peacekeeping missions. The soldiers of the third peacekeeping company are now serving in Lebanon.

“The main task of the UN peacekeepers in Lebanon is the implementation of the Security Council resolution 1701. In particular, we must make efforts to prevent armed conflicts in the region. Kazakh rotational unit was entrusted with ensuring stability along the Blue Line. In addition, we exercise control over the territory of 16 kilometers and provide various assistance to the population,” said Zhanibek Nurlanov, Commander of the Kazakh peacekeeping contingent in Lebanon.

Kazakhstan is known internationally for its peacekeeping initiatives including the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the Astana Process peace talks for stabilizing the situation in Syria, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the Global Anti-Nuclear Movement, the ATOM Project (Abolishing Testing - Our Mission) and the Manifesto “The world. The 21 century’. The country intends to continue making a great contribution to strengthening peace and security on the planet.