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24.10.2008 Press Release

353 Ghanaian peacekeepers decorated with the Medal of the United Nations

By United Nations press

Some 350 men and women of the 9th Ghanaian contingent of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) and three military observers received the United Nations peacekeeping medal at a ceremony in Bondoukou, 420 km from the capital Abidjan, on Thursday, 23 October 2008.

On this occasion, UNOCI's Deputy Force Commander, General Mouhmadou Kandji, praised the “professionalism, tact, diplomacy and discipline” with which the Ghanaian contingent performs its daily peacekeeping tasks. Speaking of the ongoing peace process, General Kandji said it had reached an advanced stage.

On behalf of the Ghanaian contingent, its deputy commander, Major Laurence Gbetanou, thanked the authorities and people of the Rural Department for their active support for actions by the Ghanaian battalion in the search for peaceful solutions and social cohesion in the area of its operations.

The ceremony took place medal in the presence of Sector East Commander, Brigadier General Zafar Iqbal, the Commander of the Ghanaian contingent, Colonel Dela Sakyi, the Secretary General of the Prefecture, Didier Kragbé, representing the prefect region.

UNOCI was established by the United Nations Security Council in February 2004 with the mandate to facilitate the implementation by the Ivorian parties of the peace agreement signed by them in January 2003.

Ghana is the 6th largest contributor of uniformed personnel to United Nations peacekeeping operations. It has more than 3,200 troops and police serving worldwide, including 550 in Cote d'Ivoire.

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For additional information, please contact

Kenneth O. Blackman, UNOCI Public Information Office

Phone: +225-2023392 Mobile: + 225-080715 84

http://www.onuci.org

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