UNIFIL Chinese contingent awarded UN peace medals

11:18, October 01, 2009      

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Officers and soldiers of Chinese Contingent in the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL)were awarded UN peace medals here on Wednesday, in recognition of there achievements for peacekeeping missions in South Lebanon.

UNIFIL's commander Amj. Gen. Claudio Graziano, Chinese ambassador to Lebanon Liu Zhiming, representative of Lebanese Armed Forces and representatives of contingents from other countries in UNIFIL attended the medal awarding ceremony.

Graziano said when addressing the ceremony that Chinese Contingent have made major contributions towards sustainable peace and stability in southern Lebanon.

With more than 340 officers and soldiers, Chinese Contingent, or CHINBATT, is comprised of an engineering battalion and a Level II hospital. Engineers are mandated to dangerous battle area clearance, and the marking project of the Blue Line, the Israeli troops' withdrawal line in 2000. The hospital provides UNIFIL with medical support and humanitarian services to the local community.

"CHINBATT has earned the respect, trust and gratitude of the people of southern Lebanon as well as of its fellow peacekeepers in UNIFIL," said Graziano.

After the flags of the UN, Lebanon and China were raised, Graziano and Liu, together with other high-ranking officers of UNIFIL awarded the UN peace medals to all of the 343 members of Chinese Contingent.

The UNIFIL now has 30 contingents and more than 13,000 troops deploying in the south of the Litani river, or its area of operations. It is mandated to conduct peacekeeping missions in the war-torn Shiite-dominant southern Lebanon by the UN Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 was between Israel and Shiite armed group Hezbollah.

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