UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh, one of the major troop contributing country for the UN peacekeepers, said here on Friday that some 100 of its soldiers have been killed in the UN peacekeeping operations since 1988.
The statement came as Abul Kalam Adbul Momen, the permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, was addressing an open Security Council debate on the UN peacekeeping operations.
"Through the years, it is with pride I say that around 100 of our valiant peacekeepers had laid down their lives for the cause of the UN-sponsored peace," Momen said. "We reiterated our commitment to continue to work with the UN for maintenance of international peace and security."
Ever since 1988, Bangladesh has been involved in 36 UN peacekeeping operations with about 90,000 personnel, he said. " Today, Bangladesh is ranked the first in the field. We take a modicum of our modest contribution in maintenance of international peace and security."
"In our part, Bangladesh has played a cardinal role in maintenance of international peace and security for which, as our prime minister mentioned, 'Bangladesh is proud of its outstanding role as a major troop contributing country serving the United Nations in maintaining peace and security worldwide,'" he said.
"We had to brave many odds and difficulties and endure many sacrifices in the process of the fulfillment of the commitment to international peace and security, as enshrined in our constitution, which has been a constant source of our motivation and dedication, " he said.