Chi­nese peace­keep­ers hon­ored in S. Su­dan

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

Chi­nese peace­keep­ers serv­ing the United Na­tions in the South Su­danese cap­i­tal of Juba have been hon­ored for their ex­em­plary ser­vice in the war-torn na­tion. The third Chi­nese Peace­keep­ing Bat­tal­ion with the UN Mis­sion in South Su­dan re­ceived their medals in a cer­e­mony on Oct 2. Moustapha Soumare, the UN deputy spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the sec­re­tary-gen­eral, pinned the medals on the sol­diers. Soumare said the UN mis­sion rec­og­nized the “ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­ism” of the troops. He noted that 13 mem­bers of the con­tin­gent were women, high­light­ing the im­pact of fe­male of­fi­cers in peace­keep­ing. Soumare en­cour­aged troop-con­tribut­ing coun­tries to fur­ther strengthen the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in uni­form.

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