POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE ‘Dag Hammarskjöld’ MEDAL FOR THE SRI LANKAN MILITARY PERSONNEL
The annual United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Medal Awarding Ceremony was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 24 May 2019, to honour 119 military, police and civilian personnel who had sacrificed their lives whilst performing duties in several UN field Missions during the period 01 January 2018 to 04 February 2019.
Platoon Commander Maj. H. W. D. Jayawickrama of the Light Infantry Battalion of the Sri Lanka Army and Sgt. S. S. Wijekumara of the Sri Lanka Army, who lost their lives on 25 January 2019 whilst on duty in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), were awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld medal at this ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, UN Secretary General António Guterres said that “Today, as we honour our fallen colleagues with the Dag Hammarskjöld medal, let us also honour them by living up to his call to never abandon the pursuit of peace.”
The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, Dr. Rohan Perera represented Sri Lanka at the above ceremony and accepted the medals on behalf of the families of the Sri Lanka military personnel who lost their lives during the tour of duty.
The Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York,Dr. Rohan Perera, accepting the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal from the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on 24 May 2019 at the UN Headquarters, on behalf of the family members of Maj HWD Jayawickrama and Sgt SS Wijekumara, who sacrificed their lives, whilst performing duties in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Left to Right : Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Secretary General of the United Nations H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York, Dr. Rohan Perera , Mr. Saliya de Silva of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN at the medal awarding ceremony.
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
28th May 2019