World Bulletin/News Desk
The United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Force, whose operations are continuing at seven of the most dangerous parts in the world, has lost more than 3,000 people over the past 65 years.
The first peacekeeping mission was launched by Security Council in 1948 for the mission to end the conflict between the Israelis and the Arab states over the creation of Israel had just reached a ceasefire.
The mission, held various positions over the years, began to be called as "Blue Berets" and awarded with Nobel Peace Prize in 1988.
The death of seven soldiers and wounding of 17 in the United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has made the hazards of the mission a current issue.
More than 3,000 officials of UN Peacekeeping including soldiers, military observers, police, civilians and local staff, died in various clashes, attacks and similar events according to UN sources.
Looking at the nationalities of the soldiers, who died in UN peacekeeping missions, the Indian army is placed on the top with loss of 154.
The Indian army was followed by Nigeria with 138, Pakistan with 133, Ghana with 130, Canada with 121, Bangladesh with 113, France with 108 and Britain with 103.
Largest loss in Lebanon with 298 people
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was created by the Security Council in March 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security, and assist the Lebanese government in restoring its effective authority in the area.
298 people have died in the UNIFIL mission to date.
There are still missions in Western Sahara, Haiti, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur, Syria, Cyprus, Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, Cote D'ivoire, Kosovo, Liberia, Pakistan, India and Middle East.
68 missions in 65 years
The UN Peacekeeping, fulfilling a total of 68 tasks since its foundation, has 15 missions.
When evaluating regionally, the peacekeeping worked mostly in Africa with 21 missions.
As of March 2008, in addition to military and police personnel, 5,187 international civilian personnel, 2,031 UN volunteers and 12,036 local civilian personnel worked in UN peacekeeping missions.Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2013, 17:29