Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Accra, Feb. 21, GNA –
The United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(MONUSCO) has commended the sacrifice and commitment of the people and
Government of Ghana towards global peace and security for the past six decades.
Representative of the Secretary General of the MONUSCO, Ms Leila Zerrougui,
gave the commendation during the UN Medals Presentation Ceremony organised to
honour troops from Ghana serving with the Mission at the Battalion Headquarters
Ms Zerrougui presented
Peace Medals to officers, men and women of the Ghana Battalion at a colourful
ceremony attended by the Diplomatic Corps, Senior Staff of MONUSCO and
representatives of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Battalion is under
the Command of Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Baba Pantoah.
particularly to Ghana, Ms Zerrougui said: “Ghana has never turned her back to
the United Nations for the contribution of troops to participate in Peace
Operations since the 1960s, when the first UN peacekeepers from Ghana were
deployed in the then Congo (now DRC) for the first UN peace operations in
She commended the
Ghana Battalion for establishing Standing Combat Deployments in Kitwit (Kwilu
Province) and Yumbi (Mai-Ndombe Province) during the electoral period to ensure
UN Human Rights Assessment Teams carried out critical tasks related to
investigating and verifying possible human rights violations before, during and
after the general election in the areas concerned.
Ms Zerrougui commended
the Ghana Battalion for the successful execution of their mandate over the
one-year period deployed within the Western Sector of MONUSCO.
She reiterated that
the Ghana Battalion was the first Unit to establish a Female Engagement Team
(FET) within their Area of Operations as prescribed by the MONUSCO and in line
with UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
She acknowledged the
deployment of Female Soldiers by Ghana in combat roles for Long-Range Patrols
and also for engaging in critical Civil-Military Cooperation activities to
support the local people.
The inclusion of
female troops for operational activities has facilitated better interactions
and boosted the confidence of the local population, especially women and
children in the rural communities towards the UN Peace Mission.
She also lauded the
efforts of the Ghanaian Contingent to cement a friendly relationship with the
local security agencies in their Area of Responsibility, pursuant to MONUSCO’s
collaborative efforts with the various security services in the DRC.
The Ceremony was
graced by Ghana’s Ambassador to the DRC, Mr Joseph Kwaku Antwi, the MONUSCO
Police Commissioner, General Awale Cheik Abdounasir, the Deputy Force
Commander, Major General Bernard Commins, and Commander Western Sector and
Contingent Commander of Ghana, Brigadier General Emmanuel Kotia.
Envoys of Switzerland,
United Kingdom, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, La Cote d’Ivore and Tanzania
The Ghanaian Community
in Kinshasa and friends of GHANBATT were also in attendance.