Bangladesh believes in peace-PM

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Update : Monday, May 29, 2023

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh believes in peace and would do whatever is required for peace. “We believe in peace, not in conflict. Bangladesh always believes in peace and it would do all possible things whatever is required to establish peace,” she said.

The Premier made this remark while addressing an event organised marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers-2023 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here.

“We want peaceful solution to any conflict,” she said, adding “We don’t want arms race because women, children and each family suffer the most for it. Therefore, our goal is to protect them from the sufferings.”

Sheikh Hasina said ensuring peace in the world is now more difficult than in the past, as the evil forces are using the advantages of technology is taking away the peace of people’s lives. “With the recent development and advancement of technology, new threats of evil forces are increasing,” she said.

She said that technology is giving people opportunities in all fields including socioeconomic development, but “we also see that the evil forces are also using technology creating confusion among the people and is taking away the peace of people’s lives”.

So, peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping missions have to deal with complex multidimensional situations, she noted. “Hence, the need to enrich peacekeeping missions with advanced technology has increased manifold,” she opined.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that her government has always prepared Bangladeshi peacekeepers with the latest training to deal with complex situations in the world’s most challenging and dangerous regions.

“We are ensuring the supply of clothing, other essential items, and modern military equipment compatible with the mission area’s environment, weather, and terrain,” she said.

In this connection, she mentioned that the government incorporated added modern mine-resistant and ambush-protected vehicles to the Bangladesh contingents and state-of-the-art technology for peacekeeper communications. “Incorporating modern technology and training are an ongoing process that we will continue in the future,” she added.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Chief of Army Staff General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed and the United Nations Resident Coordinator Gwyn Lewis also spoke at the programme.

At the outset of the event, one minute silence was observed to pay tributes to the lives of the heroes sacrificed for establishing peace. A video documentary “Bangladesh in Global Peace” was screened in the ceremony.

The Prime Minister handed over awards to five deceased peacekeepers and their family members received it. She also handed over awards to five injured peacekeepers. The Premier, later, unveiled International Peacekeeper Journal.

The Prime Minister said that she thought the theme of 2023 International UN Peacekeepers Day -“Peace Begins with Me” -is very time-befitting. “With this motto, we will work for world peace in the way shown by Father of the Nation and will try to give future generations a safe and peaceful world – this is our pledge today,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina said that her government’s efforts will continue so that the peacekeepers of Bangladesh can respond to the UN’s call with more confidence. “I hope Bangladeshi peacekeepers will keep the country’s honor and image bright by working with their skills, professionalism, courage, and dedication,” she added.

The head of government said that you people (peacekeepers) work tirelessly to prevent conflict, protect civilians, ensure human rights, and establish peace.

“Because of your sincere work, the people of all those countries have given you unconditional love,” she said, adding, “Local citizens of many countries associated with the Bangladeshi contingent have learned Bengali culture and language from you.”

She continued that “you also earn the respect and love of fellow peacekeepers from other countries. Your professionalism, skill, and dedication to establish peace even amid the Covid-19 pandemic have been appreciated.”

Above all, Bangladeshi peacekeepers have set an exemplary example in maintaining world peace and brighten the image of the country, she said. Currently, 7,436 peacekeepers of Bangladesh are engaged in the UN peacekeeping missions and activities, and the number is about 9.8 percent of the total number of peacekeepers deployed worldwide. This includes 572 Bangladeshi women peacekeepers.

Sheikh Hasina said that “We continue our efforts to increase the number of women peacekeepers” as the UN secretary general has requested to send more female peacekeepers.

 

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