Saturday 10 December 2016

'Proud tradition' for peacekeepers

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins dons his hat during a visit to the Irish peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Tiri village, southern Lebanon
President Michael D Higgins dons his hat during a visit to the Irish peacekeepers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Tiri village, southern Lebanon

President Michael D Higgins thanked Irish troops for carrying on the "proud tradition" of peacekeeping as he visited the 47th Infantry Group in South Lebanon.

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The president, who was joined by his wife Sabina, told the gathered troops that it was a "particularly challenging region, for global peace and security".

He said Lebanon had suffered from confrontations between its internal communities and also with its Israeli and Syrian neighbours.

"A small country which now has to cope with the grave consequences of the brutal war raging in Syria," he added.

More than 370 Irish peacekeepers are currently taking part in seven different UN missions.

The President also visited the Defence Forces memorial in Tibnin, South Lebanon, to pay tribute to 47 Irish personnel who lost their lives while serving with UNIFIL and the UN Troops Supervision Organisation.

Irish Independent

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