Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 April 2010

Cote d’Ivoire / 382 Niger soldiers decorated with United Nations medals

 


 

 

 

Cote d’Ivoire / 382 Niger soldiers decorated with United Nations medals

 

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, April 9, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Three hundred and eighty-two soldiers of the 14th contingent of the Niger battalion (NIGERBATT) were decorated in Korhogo (580 km. North of Abidjan) on 8 April 2010 at a ceremony presided over by the Principal Deputy Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Abou Moussa.

 

Mr. Moussa remarked that by donning the blue helmets, the Niger soldiers had placed themselves at the side of a people who love peace, stability and social justice. “In acknowledgement of your contribution to the noble ideals of peace by the side of the Ivorian people, the UN wishes not only to salute this commitment but also to pay homage to your know-how and professionalism,” he said.

 

The Principal Deputy SRSG praised the sense of duty and abnegation of the Niger soldiers saying, “be it at night or in the day, under the sun or in stormy weather, you have carried out your mission of providing security to Ivorian political authorities, you have contributed to the success of current operations aimed at restoring lasting peace in Cote d’Ivoire.”

 

The Commander of the Niger contingent, Lt. Colonel Amadou Madougou, said the support of his troops to the electoral process and their humanitarian activities for the benefit of the population “are aimed at creating conditions for a progressive restoration of peace in Cote d’Ivoire in general and the Savannah region in particular.”

 

NIGERBATT has been in Cote d’Ivoire since 2003 and runs two medical centers in Ferkessedougou and Korhogo to provide medical care to staff of the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire and the local population. The battalion makes daily patrols in the residential and commercial quarters in Korhogo in order to prevent criminal activities.

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Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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