Belarussian military in peacekeeping operation in Lebanon

Minsk, Aug 3 (Itar-Tass) Belarussian military will take part in the international peacekeeping activity in Lebanon, the press service of the Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has said. On Monday, Lukashenko signed a decree on sending a group of nine military experts to Lebanon where they are expected to join the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). "Belarussian servicemen will take part in UNIFIL's activity in the capacity of headquarters officers, hospital surgeons, and specialists in public relations," a spokesman for the presidential press service told Itar-Tass. The practical duties of the Belarussian military will be related to the ensuring of information needs of UNIFIL headquarters, medical aid to peacekeepers from other countries, and promotion of contacts between peacekeepers and the local population. Lukashenko took the decision to dispatch Belarussian military to Lebanon on the basis of Belarus's obligations, which it undersigned while joining the system of UN Standby Agreements that regulate the participation of member-states in peacekeeping activities. The servicemen were trained for the mission in strict compliance with the principle of their voluntary participation, provision of legal assistance and social security of the servicemen, and comprehensive material and technical supplies to the peackeepes. "Effectuation of this decree wil show that Belarus is committed to the strengthening of international peace under the UN auspices and in conformity to the principles of international law," the press service spokesman said. "It will also help consolidate this country's positions in the international arena and set up new mechanisms for the implementation of its foreign policy interests," he said. (Itar-Tass)


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