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By Fernando CANCIO
PORTO (LNC) – Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, on Tuesday, paid a thank to Portugal for the support that the 201 national officers provide to their operations, 188 of which are in the Centrafrican Republic. “Portugal’s generous contribution of special forces troops has strengthened the UN peacekeeping capacity to protect the most vulnerable communities in the CAR,” he said, adding that the Portuguese “have demonstrated strong military competence, serving the local population with warmth and compassion, evidenced by the work done with schools and local communities.”
Still braiding them laurels, he stressed that portuguese troops, “have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and dedication” and UN officials are “deeply grateful for their continued service”.
Portugal currently contributes 201 officers in four UN peacekeeping missions and is the country that has more officers in the MINUSCA, and also has staff in the UN Mission in South Sudan (Unmiss), the Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali (Minusma) and the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, according to the statement sent to Lusa.
“Portugal is also part of the UN Secretary General’s initiative “Action for Peacekeeping (A4P)”, which calls on Member States, the Security Council, host countries, countries contributing military and police personnel, regional partners and financial donors to renew the collective commitment to UN peacekeeping and the mutual commitment to promote service excellence,” the statement also specified.
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