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Pictured is Brig General Mauri Tapani Koskela (Finland) the new UNDOF DFC inspecting a Guard of Honor immediately after arriving in Camp Ziouani on the 17 Jun 2016.

Distinguished Guests,

Fellow peacekeepers,

Ladies & Gentlemen, and colleagues from the Indian contingent receiving UN Peacekeeping Medals today.


Good Morning!


I feel honored to address you all on this occasion in Camp Ziouani today. First of all, Let me congratulate all of you for well- deserved UN peacekeeping medal.


I would like to start by welcoming Group Captain George Thomas, Defence Attache, Embassy of the Republic of India for honoring us with your presence.  

I am extremely happy with the gracious presence of the representative from Golan Israel Liaison Office (GILO) and all the attendees from the local community.
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Dear Colleagues, Fellow peacekeepers. Good Morning!

We are gathered here today to commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. This is organized to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

Further to this, the event is organized across all UN offices to honour fallen 3,358 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace peacekeepers, since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948 until today.

 Dear Colleagues, this year's International Day of UN Peacekeepers falls during the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. The theme of this year’s UN peacekeepers’ Day is “UN 70 and UN Peacekeeping: Past, Present, and Future” with the aim to reflect on the evolution of UN peacekeeping, the current state of play and the challenges of tomorrow’s complex peace operations, as well as to reaffirm our commitment to working 'Together for Peace'.

Since the inception of peacekeeping in 1948, the UN has established 71 peacekeeping operations – in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

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FRC Medal Parade
The 46th Infantry Group (46 Inf Gp) have, following nearly six months of hard work and dedicated service to a complex mission, come to the time for recognition of this service and endeavor. Last Tuesday, 17th March, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Commander, Major General Purna Chandra Thapa was joined with the Irish Defence Forces’ Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Major General Ralph James in congratulating members of the 46 Inf Gp on their achievements and hard work over the last number of months. Together with the Senior Irish UNDOF Officer, Brigadier General Anthony Hanlon they presented the Officer Commanding 46 Inf Gp, Lieutenant Colonel Denis Harrington and the men and women under his command, the UNDOF medal to recognize their service. The day, coinciding with the Irish National Day, was a major milestone in particular for the young men and women completing their first overseas tour. Overseas service is a key component of service for men and women of the Irish Defence Forces and receiving the UNDOF medal is a source of tremendous pride and achievement for these Irish soldiers.
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Fiji Day Celebrations
Fiji Batt celebrated the 44th Fiji Independence Day celebrations on 10 October 2014 in Camp Ziouani.
Fiji became an independent sovereign state on 10th October 1970 when its colonial status was abrogated. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of independent Fiji, received from Prince Charles the documents evidencing Fiji’s independence. That independence was and remains a great source of pride and joy to all Fiji citizens.
The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces have celebrated Fiji Day in its own way with the various countries that they have been deployed to. Guests who are new to Fiji’s culture and traditions are treated especially on Fiji Day Celebrations with the traditional food and dance and the ever-present warm and cheerful hospitality that the Fijian soldiers are known around the world for.
Fiji Day is a day of reflection and unity where all races and diverse cultures in Fiji unite and celebrate with their families and friends of its prosperity and peace that has remained intact since 10 October 1970.
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Saturday 16 August 2014 marked a special day in UNDOF history as the tunes of the RFMF Brass band reverberated through the Camp Faouar Parade Square. The UNDOF Force Commander and Head of Mission, Lieutenant General Iqbal Singh Singha officiated the sombre hand over between the outgoing CO, Lt Col Sitiveni Qiliho and the incoming CO, Lt Col Isoa Loanakadavu. The solemn occasion also saw the respective handing over of the Regimental Sergeant Major’s Pace stick between the incoming and outgoing RSMs.
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Auspicious medal parade ceremony took place in Mt Hermon Base, Hermon south, Hermon Hotel and Position 12 of NEPCON on 14 and 15 Aug 2014. The Force Commander/Head of Mission, Lt Gen. I. S. Singha proudly awarded the UNDOF medal to 67 contingent personnel and 2 Nepalese Staff Officers. There he addressed the troops praising for their hard effort, they have contributed to maintain the peace and security within the Area of Responsibility of UNDOF. He mentioned the glorious bravery of Nepalese contingent in UN PKO and even addressed the troops in Nepali language, building the pride and moral among the peace keepers. Similarly, on the morning of 15 Aug 2015, another medal parade was conducted on Camp Faouar, where COS/HOM Maj Gen. Michael Finn awarded medals for 10 military observers of OGG-D.
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