The UN has recently awarded 139 Bangladeshis serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the UN medal for their efforts to support peace in the West African country.
The medalists are members of a Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit (FPU), reports UNB.
The medal ceremony was held at MINUSMA’s operational base in Bamako, Mali recently, said a press release on Saturday.
The UN secretary-general’s deputy special representative Koen Davidse, MINUSMA police component deputy chief brigadier general Jean-Frederic Sellier, and many other guests, including a high-level delegation from Bangladesh, attended the colourful ceremony.
Brigadier general Sellier said, “The decorated Bangladeshi police officers have performed their missions properly and with determination and professionalism. On behalf of MINUSMA, I congratulate you and thank you for the work accomplished.”
The peacekeepers are from the fourth rotation of the Bangladeshi FPU, since the UN peacekeeping mission deployed in 2013.
Bangladesh is the second largest contributor of military and police personnel to United Nations peacekeeping, with more than 7,000 currently serving around the world. Of them, more than 1,600 have been serving in Mali.