Pakistani policemen serving in Ivory Coast receive U.N. medal

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 (APP): Some 148 peacekeepers serving with the Pakistani Formed Police Unit of the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) in the western town of Guiglo, were presented with the U.N. Medal in recognition of their contribution to the restoration and maintenance of peace in the west African country, the world body said Thursday.

Speaking on behalf of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Bert Koenders, the Police Commander for Sector West, Colonel Joseph Malanda, recalled Pakistan’s long tradition of contributing to UN peacekeeping operations, before congratulating the medal recipients on the excellent work they do in the field.

The ceremony, which included a musical performance by Pakistani peacekeepers, was attended by local dignitaries and members of the Ivorian security forces based in Guiglo.

Pakistani contingents have been serving with UNOCI since the Mission was deployed in Ivory Coast in 2004, the Pakistani Formed Police Unit has been deployed in Guiglo, over 500 miles from the capital city of Abidjan, since 2007.

Today, some 1,377 Pakistani peacekeepers are in UNOCI as part of the police, military force and military observers.