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01 August 2015 09:10

Estonian UN peacekeepers in Lebanon assume new duties

Estonian UN peacekeepers in Lebanon assume new duties Estonian UN peacekeepers in Lebanon assume new duties

Estonian platoon to Finnish-Irish Battalion serving in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has assumed duties at UN Position 6-50 near the Blue Line, separating Lebanon and Israel.

“Being part of the only multinational battalion in UNIFIL enables even smaller nations like Estonia to contribute to international peacekeeping efforts,” Senior National Representative Estonian Detachment FINIRISHBATT, Captain Mario Lementa said.

Almost 20 years ago UN peacekeeping missions to Croatia (1995) and Lebanon (1996) were the first operations abroad for Estonian Defence Forces after the country restored its independence.

“UN peacekeeping missions have played an integral role in building the expeditionary capability of our armed forces. As we currently serve in Lebanon with the platoon-size unit, the 6-50 fits perfectly with the capacity that we have here,” Lementa added.

Estonian platoon is part of Finnish-Irish Battalion A-Company serving in Sector West of UNIFIL Area of Responsibility. With two decades Estonia has contributed to several UN missions and currently has forces in Mali, as well as military observers contributing to United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) Observers Group in Lebanon.

As of end of May this year Estonian peacekeepers have been conducting patrols; trained and patrolled with Lebanese Armed Forces as well as carried out other peacekeeping duties from their main UN Position 2-45 in At Tiri, Southern Lebanon.

Together with staff officers Estonia has approx. 40 troops in Lebanon. From total over 500 force Finland contributes to Finnish-led battalion with around 300 troops and Ireland around 200 troops. Rotating forces in Blue Line UN Positions 6-50 and 6-52 is part of battalion´s routine.


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