Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 July 2010

Côte d’Ivoire / Choi meets delegation of the Jordanian army





Côte d’Ivoire / Choi meets delegation of the Jordanian army



ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, July 2, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Y. J. Choi, on 1 July 2010, met with a delegation of the Jordanian Army, led by the chief of operations and training, Major-General Al-Ma’aitah Abdullah, at the mission’s headquarters, in Sebroko.


Mr. Choi and Major-General Al-Ma’aitah Abdullah discussed the Jordanian contingent’s participation in the peacekeeping force and elections in Côte d’Ivoire for half an hour.


The Special Representative told Major-General Abdullah that UNOCI highly appreciated the work carried out by the Jordanian contingent in the mission. “Your contingent’s presence is crucial in this delicate crisis-resolution period. We still need you so that together we can lead the country towards a definitive peace”, Mr. Choi said.


For his part, the chief of the Jordanian Army delegation said that his soldiers’ mission in Côte d’Ivoire was part of the peace objectives of the Jordan Kingdom. “Since 1989, we have participated in UN peacekeeping operations throughout the world,” said Major-General Abdullah, adding that his country considered it an honour to stand side by side with the United Nations in the search for peace in Côte d’Ivoire. “We want to thank you for what you are doing for the sister country and our troops,” he said.


UNOCI’s Jordan battalion (JORBATT), comprising 850 elements, has been deployed in Côte d’Ivoire since 25 August 2006 and includes a mechanized unit and two mechanical companies.


JORBATT also provides security for UNOCI’s four principal headquarters in Abidjan. Jordanian soldiers also carry out tactical tasks in crisis period. Their mission is to protect civilians against possible threats of violence, carry out anti-riot operations and any other task as instructed by the Force Commander.


Their daily activities consist of night and day mobile patrols and providing security escort for Ivorian and UNOCI personalities.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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