In a video message, the actor pays tribute to the peacekeepers on their 60th anniversary

By People Staff
May 29, 2008 11:05 AM

Thursday is the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, and though the work they do is far from glamorous, they’ve got one of Hollywood’s biggest names – George Clooney – wishing them a happy birthday.

“Peace is certainly more than a celebrity endorsement,” the famously self-effacing actor, who recently split from girlfriend Sarah Larson, says. “Peace is protecting civilians, overseeing elections and disarming ex-combatants … in places others can’t or won’t go.”

In the Peace Is Hard public-service spot, the Leatherheads star’s voice is heard over video of soldiers in the U.N. forces’ distinctive robin-egg-blue helmets carrying out peacekeeping missions all over the world.

The peacekeepers trace their roots to 1948, when the U.N. sent observers to the Middle East to watch over the armistice between Israel and Arab states. They now number 100,000 and are sent to places like Haiti, Lebanon, Congo and Liberia.
Michael Park

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