HINNIYAH VILLAGE, LEBANON, Mar. 9 (ChinaMil) -- The 410 members of the 15th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon were conferred the United Nations (UN) Peace Medal of Honor on March 8, 2017, local time.
The medal-awarding ceremony was held at the camp of the 15th Chinese peacekeeping multi-functional engineer detachment to Lebanon in Hinniyah village in southern Lebanon.
Brigadier General Pierre Liot de Nortbecourt, chief staff of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Chinese ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian, Lebanese Army Commander Jean Kahwaji and more than 200 persons from the Lebanese military and government attended the ceremony.
On behalf of UN Secretary General António Guterres, Nortbecourt addressed the ceremony. He said that the Chinese peacekeepers led by Colonel Pu Yi, commanding officer of the 15th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon, have demonstrated their professional accomplishments.
"They have showed their first-class working standard, highly effective operational capabilities, strict discipline and dedication, making contributions to the peace in southern Lebanon and fully showcasing the high level of the Chinese PLA,” Nortbecourt added.
The 15th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon comprises of a multi-functional engineer detachment, a construction engineer detachment and a medical detachment.
Since being deployed to their mission areas in May 2016, the Chinese peacekeepers have fulfilled missions such as mine-sweeping in Lebanon-Israel border area, battlefield explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), medical rescue and treatment, and humanitarian assistance.
The UN Peace Medal of Honor is set to commend those who have made prominent contributions to human peace, and is an honor for UN peacekeepers from contributing countries.