The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Claudio Graziano, has commended Ghanaian soldiers for maintaining a tradition of dedication and professionalism in the implementation of the UNIFIL mandate.
Maj. Gen Graziana was addressing a colourful parade of GHANBATT 69 in South Lebanon to mark their Medal Presentation Day.
The parade was attended by a high powered delegation from Ghana, led by the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Maj. Gen. J.K. Attipoe.
The Force Commander commended Ghana for its immense contribution in ensuring peace and security the world over.
He applauded all the ranks of Ghanbatt 69 for their zeal, professional efficiency and determination to succeed in spite of the challenges.
Presenting the UNIFIL medals to the troops on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, Maj. Gen. Graziano reminded the soldiers that the medal award symbolised the UN's gratitude and appreciation to all troops for their sacrifice for peace in Lebanon.
He urged them to wear the medals with pride and continue maintaining the highest qualities that they have set since the commencement of their tour of duty in south Lebanon.
Maj. Gen. Graziano also commented on the humanitarian assistance programmes of Ghanbatt 69 which include holding of regular medical and dental outreach clinics in their area of operations and assistance to schools through the provision of English Language and Computer teachers.
He said such commitments paved the way for a better life for the civilian population who had suffered so much in the past.
Maj. Gen. Graziano congratulated the commanding officer of Ghanbatt 69, Lt. Col. S. T. M. Osabutey for showing exemplary leadership during his tour of duty and for ensuring that the enviable standard of excellence attained by the battalion was kept.