Liberian Peacekeepers in Mali Return Home Friday

The second platoon-size of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) on peacekeeping mission in the West African State of Mali on will return to Liberia on 25 June.

According to a Defense Ministry press release issued here Tuesday, the return of the second platoon of Liberian peacekeepers does not end the AFL mission in Mali, but brings to an end a year of peacekeeping duty for the second platoon.

“They are the second post-war peacekeepers who have served in international peacekeeping with distinction, bringing pride to our nation. We salute them for the job well done, and we want Liberians to know that they have flown the Liberian Flag very high on the international scene.

“We are very proud of their performance as they have demonstrated to the rest of the world that after years of civil conflict, Liberia is capable of producing a force of brilliance,” the press release added.

Since its deployment to Mali on June 26, 2014, the platoon has over the last 12 months conducted several missions in and out of its area of operations, including escort, vehicle and foot patrols, reconnaissance and other special assignments.

In line with the administrative mandate towards personnel serving in peacekeeping, the United Nations (UN), through the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) scheduled a Medal Day Parade in honor of the Liberian Platoon serving in MINUSMA on 19 June 2015.

The Liberian contingent consists of an infantry platoon assigned to MINUSMA Headquarters in Bamako and Timbuktu where they received UN Medals.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Ziankahn, Chief of Staff, AFL, Brig. Gen. Sidiki Daniel Traore, Sector West Commander, MINUSMA, Stephen Zargo, Chairman on Defense Intelligence and Security  at the Liberian Senate, Lester Paye, Co-Chairman on Defense Intelligence and Security in the House of Representatives and David K. Dahn, Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs, attended the medal ceremony. Meanwhile, on June 25, 2015, a new Infantry Platoon, headed by Capt. Stephen T. Powo, will depart Liberia for Mali. The standby Platoon has already completed three (3) months of pre-deployment training at the Armed Forces Training Command in Careysburg.

There will be a farewell ceremony for the outgoing troops at the Roberts International Airport.

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