Vienna, 31 May 2010 – “Peacekeeping operations are a core task of the United Nations. Some 125,000 personnel, including soldiers, police officers and civil experts, are being deployed in today’s UN peacekeeping missions – a figure which is higher than ever. On this International Day of UN Peacekeepers I wish to convey my personal thanks to those 90,000 Austrians who have made a practical contribution to maintaining world peace and international security over the past fifty years, and also to commemorate those who laid down their lives in the interests of peace and security,” stated Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger, marking the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May.
“Through its commitment to UN peacekeeping missions, which has been ongoing for many years, Austria has acquired its reputation as a reliable and competent partner in international crisis management. As a member of the UN Security Council we now have the opportunity to pro-actively contribute to the shaping of UN peace endeavours. Austria must not lessen this commitment. The increasing number of UN missions demonstrates that the United Nations is more in demand than ever. At the same time we see this development as a mandate to continue participating in international peace missions and show solidarity, thus making a contribution to peace, stability and security in the world,” concluded Spindelegger.
Contact:Federal Ministry for European and International AffairsAlexander SchallenbergSpokesperson of the Foreign MinisterTel.: ++43 (0) 50 1150-3265Fax: ++43 (1) 535 50 91kabbm(at)bmeia.gv.at