Chinese peacekeepers with other peacekeepers in South Sudan at UN House celebrating UN Peacekeepers Day. (Photo: CGTN)
South Sudan's government has praised the men and women serving as military, police or civilian staff in peacekeeping operations in the country.
A battalion of Chinese troops makes up part of the 15,000-strong United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The country's defense minister Malek Reuben Riak said peacekeepers are making a difference in the country.
“At this juncture, I would like to register a special thanks to United Nations Mission in South Sudan in general and the Chinese and all the other peacekeepers for their specific roles in renovating and constructing South Sudan's infrastructure,” Riak said.
The minister spoke during an occasion marking the 71st anniversary of UN peacekeeping at a base known as UN House in South Sudan's capital Juba.
The deputy head of UNMISS, Moustaphar Souma're, echoed those thanks. “I wish to express my immense gratitude to all our peacekeepers for your professionalism, enduring commitment and sacrifice in the service of the people of South Sudan. As peacekeepers and peacebuilders, UNMISS stands in partnership with the people of South Sudan as we work together towards a peaceful and prosperous future for all."
Sixty-seven men and women in South Sudan have fallen while serving with the UN since the beginning. In the past year, 12 personnel have lost their lives.
China is taking part in military operations in the country designed to deter violence and ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.
The United Nations said if peace returns to South Sudan, the peacekeepers will help in promoting human rights and restoring the rule of law.
But for now, the mission is focusing on how to better provide safety to those who are vulnerable due to violence in the country.