Meet Sgt Steven Beattie

"During my time as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus I was the platoon sergeant of a multinational team. I worked closely with a Slovakian platoon commander and half of the platoon members were either from Slovakia, Hungary and Argentina. Working with so many other nationalities and their different styles of working meant I had to learn new skills and be flexible to help us continue to develop our strong relationships. 

Our platoon provided security to the area and it was my responsibility to oversee this. I wrote the training programme to make sure we were up to date with the current UN training criteria and we carried out our skills and drills and public order training, so should we be needed for any incident, we were always ready."

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Tell the Secretaries of State for Defence and Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs that you are proud of the UK's contribution to UN peace operations. Your messages will also be sent to our featured peacekeepers. 

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Dear Secretaries of State,

I am writing to express my support for the Government’s decision to increase the number of British personnel seconded to UN peace operations.

As a member of the British public, I am proud of our troops, police officers and civilian experts who have served in UN missions across the world. Peacekeepers do vital work to protect civilians from conflict and the need for UN peace operations has never been greater. I believe British citizens have much to give in terms of skills and expertise that can help to strengthen these missions and contribute to their success.

Supporting peace operations is an investment in Britain’s future. It is in our national interest to prevent countries from sliding back into conflict and we have a global responsibility to protect vulnerable populations. Our security and prosperity depend on us working with other states through international institutions like the United Nations.

As British citizens – and global citizens – we all have a stake in supporting international peace and security. I would like to thank our peacekeepers, and the British Government, for investing in the cause of global peace.

Yours sincerely,