Sri Lankan Peacekeepers in Haiti Honoured
Over 850 members of Sri Lankan peacekeepers in the
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were decorated with the
MINUSTAH medal recently (12th Thursday, March 2015) for their
dedicated and commendable service rendered in assisting the UN command to
establish peace and stability in Haiti.
Chief Guest on the occasion, Special Representative
of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission Ms. Sandra Honor‚
praised the Sri Lankan peacekeepers for their dedicated service and
remarkable courage. She especially highlighted many activities
conducted by the peacekeepers beyond their duty such as medical and
dental care, youth occupational training, blood donation,
distribution of water and food.
Speaking at the ceremony UN military component
Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Jos‚ Luiz Jaborandy Jr (Brazil) said that,
Sri Lanka's efforts will contribute to build a better future for the
During the stay in Haiti, Sri Lankan peacekeepers
in association with Haitian National Police force have conducted
numerous joint foot and motorized patrols to ensure the safety in
most residential areas of the country.
Since 2004 Sri Lanka has continuously deployed
more than 800 Peacekeepers comprised of Army, Navy and Air Force
personnel on six-month duty rotation basis.
Distinguished invitees, large number of military
and police authorities along with native business leaders in the
region and senior Sri Lankan military officers were present at the