The NEWS (Monrovia)

11 December 2012

Liberia: Ukrainian Aviation Unit Commended for Peace

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Rule of Law Mr. Louis M. Aucoin has commended Ukrainian peacekeepers for their contribution to UNMIL and Liberia.

Mr. Aucoin commended Ukraine for playing a vital role in UN peacekeeping operations, describing it as a significant troop-contributing country and a staunch supporter of peace efforts around the globe.

"Since the very first years of Ukraine's independence, more than 28,000 military and civilian personnel have discharged their noble mission under the UN flag in 20 peacekeeping operations," said the Deputy UN envoy.

He said the Ukraine's participation has had an impact from Afghanistan, to Kosovo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Ivory Coast and other countries.

Mr. Aucoin also praised the 274 Ukrainian officers for carrying out their tasks with dedication and professionalism.

"Through your surveillance and Air patrols you have covered the width and breadth of Liberia, providing the mission with critical information on threats to peace ensuring stability in the region, particularly along the border. Despite the prevailing challenges you have worked diligently, transporting personnel, and providing support to the Force," Mr. Aucoin noted.

According to an UNMIL release, Mr. Aucoin made the statement last week at a medal award ceremony held in Monrovia on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

The Deputy UN Envoy particularly expressed his gratitude to the Ukrainian Aviation Unit for its search and rescue aerial operation that saved a Liberian man from drowning.

Dignitaries present at the ceremony included UNMIL Force Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Hugh Van Roosen, Director of Mission Support, Mr. Hubert Price; visiting journalists from Ukraine and other UNMIL Senior military and civilian staff.

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