Bhutanese UN Peace­keep­ers

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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.

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