Burma UN Peacekeepers in Liberia

Soldiers parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy are slated to extend their terms for another five years, a local newspaper said on February 13, 2016, as the military and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi negotiate the terms of transition. Picture taken March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun - RTX26XYV
Soldiers parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw, March 27, 2015. Myanmar’s powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy are slated to extend their terms for another five years, a local newspaper said on February 13, 2016, as the military and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi negotiate the terms of transition. Picture taken March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun – RTX26XYV

Burma Army Troops UN Peacekeepers in Liberia

RANGOON – The Burma Army, also known as the Tatmadaw, currently has a handful of peacekeepers serving in Africa on two peacekeeping missions. The deployments, which began last year, were the first time the Burma Army has contributed to a UN peacekeeping mission in half a century.

According to figures provided by the UN, Burma has had two troops deployed since September last year as part of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which is tasked with implementing a ceasefire agreement. The pair of Burmese troops are serving as what the UN describes as “experts on mission.” UNMIL has a total of 1,240 troops and 606 police personnel. The bulk of the troops on UNMIL come from Nigeria but several other countries such a Bhutan and Zimbabwe have also contributed personnel.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.