Bhutanese UN Peacekeepers
Dasho Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister of Bhutan met with 24 officers from the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) and Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) last Thursday, who are scheduled to leave for Mali and Darfur as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping force. Of the 24 officers, 3 are replacing the existing Bhutanese peacekeepers and 21 including 3 lady officers are going for the first time. This is the largest group of peacekeepers being deployed from Bhutan. Speaking to the peacekeepers, Lyonchhen shared about Bhutan’s ranking that is 13th out of 163 countries, in the global peace index and reminded the officers that the “peace” Bhutanese are enjoying at the moment is culmination of hard work and leadership by our monarchs. “You are the representatives of our King and the country,” Lyonchhen reminded the officers. After joining the United Nations in 1971, we haven’t been contributing enough, but now it is an opportunity for us to support other countries in peacekeeping, Lyonchhen said. “Like Gross National Happiness and our conservation efforts, we should also spread peace in the world,” said Lyonchhen.