Another contingent off to Haiti

A contingent of 750 soldiers will leave for Haiti to boost UN peacekeeping operations in the war torn country.

Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that the 750 soldiers were selected after they underwent training in Sri Lanka.

He said that the military stands ready to supply troops to the UN as and when required.

Sri Lankan troops are involved in UN peacekeeping operations in Haiti and Lebanon.

Sri Lanka first participated in UN peacekeeping far back in 1960 by deploying six peacekeepers in United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).

Sri Lanka later enhanced its contribution by deploying a complete infantry battalion of 950 personnel to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) in 2004.

Sri Lanka is now a committed partner for UN peacekeeping operations with over thousand men and women from the three Armed Forces and the Police serving in seven different Peacekeeping Missions.

Sri Lankan peacekeepers have been commended by the United Nations for their professionalism and commitment on many occasions. (Colombo Gazette)