Friday, 22 May 2015 - 8:09
Sri Lankan Peace keeping operation in Haiti ends
The formal conclusion of the Sri Lankan Peace Keeping contingent assignment in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti took place at the Sri Lankan Peace Keeping Contingent Headquarters in Leogane, Haiti last week.
Sri Lankan contingent, mainly comprised of Army personnel, as one of the longest serving foreign missions in Haiti after undertaking responsibilities way back in 2004, has deployed a total of 17 thousand 904 Sri Lankan Peace Keepers on six-month rotation basis, belonging to 20 Sri Lankan contingents in the past 11 years.
The final 20th batch, including Army, Navy and Air Force personnel reported for duties in Haiti on December 7th, 2014 is scheduled to return to the island in the final week of May, 2015 after official formalities are over.
Carl Alexander, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, graced the final closing ceremony as the Chief Guest at Leogane.
Lieutenant General Jose Luiz, Force Commander, together with the Deputy Force Commander and the Police Commissioner in Haiti also attended the ceremony to officially bid farewell to the Sri Lankan contingent.
In his address to the occasion, Deputy SRSG spoke high of more than 10 years of invaluable services, rendered by all 20 Sri Lankan contingents in Haiti and appreciated distinguished roles of the Lankan forces, particularly in times of national disasters and earthquakes during their deployment in Haiti.