Nepali Army organized a special event on 26 May 2022 at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre (BPOTC) Panchkhal to mark UN Peacekeepers Day 2022. The event was celebrated with the theme, “People Peace Progress: The Power of Partnerships” where the supreme sacrifices and unceasing contributions of Peacekeepers was honoured and commemorated.
The program was graced by the Honourable Home Minister Mr. Bal Krishna Khand as the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries present in the program were Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Prabhu Ram Sharma, Secretary of Defence, Her Excellency Himalee Subhashini Arunatilaka (Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal), Former Chiefs of Army Staff, Assistant Chief of Army Staff, Inspector General of Nepal Police and Inspector General of Armed Police Force Nepal, Chief of National Investigation Department, Former Ambassadors, Former Heads of UN Missions/ Former Force Commanders, Generals from Nepali Army, Defence Attaches' and other Government Dignitaries . The Assistance Chief of Army Staff (ACOAS) Lieutenant General Saroj Pratap Rana welcomed the dignitaries present in the program.
The program commenced with a "Guard of Honor", followed by Wreath Laying Ceremony to honour the courageous men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving for the United Nations. The Chief of the Army Staff hoisted the UN flag to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. The Chief Guest presented prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, Letters of Honour and Letters of Appreciation to seven personnel of Nepali Army who have been recognized by the UN and NA for their outstanding courage, contribution and sacrifice for the noble cause of world peace while serving in various United Nation Peace Operations. The program concluded with a demonstration of various military professional activities in UN Peace Operations and a photo-video exhibition depicting six-decade long Nepal's contribution in UN missions.
Letter of Appreciation was awarded to Maj Ajitman Singh Basnet for his tactful acts, decisions and initiatives in controlling a chaotic situation between the Congolese Army and the Rebels during his tour of duty at the Democratic Republic of Congo. Likewise, Corporal Jaaluram Chaudhary was also awarded Letter of Appreciation for his professional performance by saving a fellow peacekeeper during an operation by providing immediate first-aid efficiently and managing CASUALTY EVACUATION timely. Similarly, Dag Hammarskjöld Medal (A highly prestigious medal that is awarded posthumously by the UN) and a Letter of Honour were awarded to the family members of Late Lt. Col. Ridesh Bista, Late Major Mohan Kaji Shrestha, Late Corporal Khim Bahadur Dura and Late Lance Corporal Nar Bahadur Magar for their sacrifice of life in the line of duty while serving selflessly under the UN Flag. Lance Corporal Anil Gurung was awarded with a Letter of Honour for his supreme sacrifice and exceptional bravery during “Operation Bali” in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
During his remarks, the Chief Guest, Honourable Home Minister, Mr. Bal Krishna Khand acknowledged the effort, dedication and devotion put forth by the Nepali Peacekeepers in maintaining global peace and security. He also praised the former and present leadership of the Nepali Army, Director of Peace Operations (DPO) and the BPOTC for preparing and providing efficient peacekeepers capable of operating in complex and multidimensional environment.
Chief of the Army Staff General Prabhu Ram Sharma thanked all the guests present at the ceremony, and highlighted the contribution of our brave peacekeepers and their sacrifice for global peacekeeping. He also reiterated the commitment of Nepali Army in UN Peace operations.