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Delhi hosts seminar on "United Nations Peacekeeping: Role and Relevance in Conflict Resolution"
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers' Day was observed by UN agencies on May 29. However, at the UN Headquarters in New York the observance was kicked off on May 19 with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon presiding over a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of all peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving under the UN flag.

In India, a seminar on "United Nations Peacekeeping: Role and Relevance in Conflict Resolution" was organized at New Delhi jointly by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) and Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) along with United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, stated an official release.

General Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff delivered the inaugural address wherein he applauded the role of UN Peacekeeping Contingents in maintaining peace across the world.

Yuri Afanasiev, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India read out the UN Secretary General's message, after which homage was paid to the fallen peacekeepers by observing two minutes silence.

According to a statement, the seminar highlighted India's achievement as the second largest troop contributing country with deployment of 7695 personnel across the globe. Gen Dalbir also applauded the Indian Peacekeepers, four from Army and one civilian, who were awarded the UN 'Dag Hammarskjold Medal' this year on 19 May 2016.

The seminar stressed on the need for better training to make sure the soldiers understand the task and the manner in which they are required to operate in actual scenario.

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