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07:48:05, Sunday, 20 Aug 2017
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.

UNDOF and FAO collectively conducted the fire drill exercise on 30 July 2015 at the UNDOF HQ located at Sheraton hotel, Damascus, Syria. The entire international, national and military Staff of both organizations was activity involve in the exercise, which was formally opened by the Head of Mission/Force Commander Maj Gen. Purna Chandra Thapa by an opening address, stressing the important and requirement of such kind of exercise and his priority concern on the security and protection of all the UN personnel.

The exercise was led by UNDOF security team and assisted by FAO security team, which was divided into two phase. First phase consist of briefing done by Mr. Jose Madureira, Security Officer UNDOF, which focused mainly on the cycle of fire, immediate action during fire, utilization of fire extinguisher, prevention and precaution measures of fire, fire drill movement regulation. Second Phase followed by the conducted of controlled fire drill exercise for the all the participators. The exercise was completed with the assembly of the entire participator at the allotted Fire Assembly Point.

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Three Military staff officers from Czech Republic have joined UNDOF; Lt Col Pavel Polan, Major Roman Furst and Lt Radek Zlamal in UNDOF as Chief Military Training Cell, Staff Officer Training and Staff Officer ITO respectively. On 8th June 2015, the Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Purna Chandra Thapa welcomed two Czech Officers in Camp Ziouani. The third officer, Lt Col Pavel Polan is currently inducting in Bravo side.

During the meeting, the FC expressed his gladness of their arrival in the mission and applauded the government of Czech Republic for contributing a three member contingent to UNDOF. This has made total of seven troops contributing countries in UNDOF.

Finally highlighting that his induction in UNDOF is a momentous event for both UNDOF and Czech Republic, FC wished Czech Officers a successful mission in UNDOF and a happy stay in Golan.
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On 1st July 2015, the Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Purna Chandra Thapa welcomed Major Sonam Tsering from Bhutan in UNDOF, who joined UNDOF as Deputy Force Provost Marshal on 14th June 2015.

During the meeting, Major Tsering conveyed the best wishes of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, Royal Government and the Armed Forces of Bhutan to the HoM & FC for the success of UNDOF mission under his leadership. The FC - responding to Major Tsering thanked for the wishes of his Majesty, Royal Government and the Armed forces of Bhutan, and applauded them for committing to be the sixth troop contributing country in UNDOF amongst present contributors. Bhutan’s first participation in UN peacekeeping operations started in September 2014, when one military observer was deployed in UNTSO.

Maj Tsering also presented the National flag of Bhutan to FC, as a mark of representation of Bhutan in UNDOF. Finally highlighting that his induction in UNDOF is a momentous event for both UNDOF and Bhutan, FC wished Maj Tsering a successful mission in UNDOF and a happy stay in Golan.
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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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