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UN decorates 200 Sri Lankan peacekeepers - Haiti

Two hundred members of the Sri Lankan contingent in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were decorated with the United Nations peacekeeping medal at a solemn ceremony organized at its contingent base in L‚ogane on the 29th of March 2007.

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, Luiz Carlos Da Costa, in his message expressed his gratitude for their "professionalism and spirit of sacrifice shown by the members of this contingent by their work in a difficult and dangerous environment to attain peace, stability and hope for a better future for the people of Haiti."

Mr. Da Costa continued by saying "I am very encouraged by the improved security situation in Cit‚ Soleil and Martissant where the Sri Lankan battalion's efforts to improve security have obtained positive results."

In his address, Major-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, the Force Commander of MINUSTAH, congratulated the Sri Lankan contingent for all that it had accomplished since the beginning of the mission and he honored the memory of the peacekeepers from Sri Lanka who had fallen in the line of duty in Haiti.

"I consider this event a momentous occasion and an honor for the officers and soldiers of the Sri Lankan battalion who have dedicated a life of service to the Haitian nation" said the Sri Lankan contingent commander Colonel Ajith Kariyakarawana. He added "I would like to express my gratitude to the United Nations for its recognition of the accomplishments of the Sri Lankan forces and for giving us this great opportunity to serve under its flag."

Sri Lankan soldiers have been in Haiti since 2004, their first peacekeeping mission. Since that time, they have also deployed to Western Sahara, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Sudan, and Timor-Leste. The 947-strong Sri Lankan battalion in Haiti has been deployed to L‚ogane, Petit Goƒve and Jacmel.

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