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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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29 May 2017

Honouring Peacekeepers

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today honoured Australia’s contribution to global peacekeeping efforts on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

“Australian men and women have participated in peacekeeping operations since 1947 and 14 have lost their lives while serving as peacekeepers,” Mr Tehan said.

“Australia has made a significant contribution to worldwide peace operations, including commanding operations in Kashmir, Cambodia, the Sinai, Iraq and East Timor.

“Australian peacekeepers have served in theatres of war and conflict around the world, from the Americas to Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. Currently, Australians are deployed on operations in the Middle East, Cyprus and South Sudan.

“On the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers we honour all peacekeepers and their contribution to making the world a safer and more peaceful place.

“Australia will honour our peacekeepers with a national service of commemoration on 14 September in Canberra to mark the 70th anniversary of our involvement in peacekeeping.”

“The Government has contributed funding to a national memorial to Australia’s peacekeepers that is currently under construction on Anzac Parade, Canberra.”

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