New Delhi: The honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a statement at the summit on peace operations. He stated that the foundations of the United Nations were laid by the brave soldiers on the battlefields of Second World War. By 1945, they included 2.5 million men of the Indian Army, the largest volunteer force Over 180,000 Indian troops have participated in UN peacekeeping missions – more than from any other country. India has participated in 48 of the 69 UN peacekeeping missions so far. 161 Indian peacekeepers have made the supreme sacrifice while serving in UN missions.In history, More than 24000 lost their lives and nearly half of that went missing.
I thank President Obama for hosting this Summit on Peacekeeping. It is timely not just because of the 70th anniversary of the organization. It is also because the security environment in India has been providing training to peacekeeping officers from a large number of countries. Till date, we have trained nearly 800 officers from 82 countries. Peacekeeping missions should be deployed prudently, with full recognition of their limitations and in support of political solutions. India’s commitment to UN Peacekeeping remains strong and will grow.
We have announced new intended contributions that to the UN Peacekeeping Operations. I would like to pay homage to the peacekeepers who have laid down their lives in defending the highest ideals of the United Nations. It would be most fitting if the proposed memorial wall to the fallen peacekeepers is created quickly. India stands ready to contribute, including financially, to this objective.