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Salone Peacekeepers Set for Darfur

Salone Peacekeepers Set for Darfur

Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier Robert Y. Koroma (photo), on Tuesday 2nd December 2009 told journalists that Sierra Leone is now poised to contribute to the United Nations African Union Peacekeeping Force in Darfur. He said this development occurred after a successful assessment for Pre-deployment visit was made by officers from the Department of Peacekeeping in the United Nations Headquarters.

Brigadier Koroma said that logistics have already been sent in advance and the advance party will depart the shores of Sierra Leone on the 17th December, 2009 after a farewell parade today, which will be reviewed by the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. They will be joined by the main body on the 20th January, 2009, he revealed. All necessary agreements governing such operations have been signed between the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations, he maintained.

He went on to say that apart from further raising high the recognition of Sierra Leone in the international arena, UN peacekeeping operations also brings financial benefits to the government and people of Sierra Leone in the form of foreign exchange, to the Armed Forces, the soldiers and their families. He further added that RSLAF presently has twenty-five officers in various UN Missions in Sudan, Darfur, Estimor, Nepal and Lebanon as Military Observers and Staff Officers. Seven have successfully completed their one year tour of duty in Sudan and Lebanon and have returned home. They have been replaced by other officers, he concluded.

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