I am pleased to address you today as you mark your country’s longstanding commitment to United Nations peacekeeping.
For over 60 years, Ireland has deployed both military and police personnel to many of our operations.
And your country holds key leadership positions in some of our missions.
These include the Head of Mission and Force Commander in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and the Chief of Staff in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.
But Ireland’s valuable contributions to UN peacekeeping go well beyond the deployment of uniformed personnel.
Your government has shown great leadership and support to the development of peacekeeping policy and doctrine.
I commend Ireland’s steadfast commitment to peace and security.
And I thank you for your partnership.