112 peacekeepers died in missions last year - UN

Other News Materials 29 May 2012 22:22 (UTC +04:00)

A total of 112 military, police and civilians who served in United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world last year died from hostile acts, accidents and disease, the UN said Tuesday, DPA reported.

"Our new observer mission in Syria is the latest example that demonstrates how the international community looks to the UN for solutions to emerging challenges," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.

There are about 260 unarmed military observers in Syria, who are tasked to monitor the April 12 ceasefire.

A commemoration service was held at UN headquarters in New York for those who lost their lives while serving in UN missions. The service was held also to mark the annual International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

There are currently 16 peacekeeping operations underway around the world, employing more than 100,000 military and civilian personnel who come from 116 countries. The largest UN operations are in Africa.