For the first time in history of the United Nations Peacekeeping, the UN chartered a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight, the flagship carrier of the country for carrying Bangladeshi UN Peacekeepers to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
The permanent mission of Bangladesh to the United Nation in New York confirmed the matter in a press released issued on Friday.
The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN remained deeply engaged with the UN Heaquarters for coordination and finalization of the agreement, which culminated in achieving this milestone.
This comes as a true recognition of Bangladesh's invaluable contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Operations for more than three decades.
Earlier Friday morning, the Bangladesh Biman Flight carrying a contingent of 179 Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh Army and Airforce departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka for the capital city of Central African Republic, Bangui.
The contingent is composed of 125 members of the Armed Utility Helicopter Unit, 20 members of the Advance Party of Quick Reaction Force Company, and 34 members of Stranded Peacekeepers.
The flight was scheduled to land in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African Republic, on May 29.
Currently there are 6543 Bangladeshi UN Peacekeepers are deployed in 09 several missions, among them 1061 Peacekeepers are working in MINUSCA, which started its operation on April 10, 2014.