ZWEDRU, June 5 (ChinaMil) -- A total of 558 members of the 17th Chinese peacekeeping force to Liberia were awarded the United Nations Peace Medal on June 4, 2015.
The medal-awarding ceremony was held at the camp of the Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment, located in southeastern Liberia’s Zwedru city.
The 558 Chinese peacekeepers came respectively from an engineer regiment, a transportation regiment and a military hospital under the PLA Beijing Military Area Command (MAC).
Over 150 persons including Karin Landgren, special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, commanding officers of UNMIL peacekeeping forces from various countries and government officials of the Grand Gedeh County of Liberia attended the ceremony.
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue also made a special trip to Zwedru from Monrovia, capital of Liberia, to attend the ceremony.
At the ceremony, Karin Landgren spoke highly of the excellent performance of the Chinese peacekeepers in her speech. “The 17th Chinese peacekeeping force has made outstanding contributions to promoting Liberia’s peace process and the efforts of fighting against Ebola epidemic with their hard, fearless, persistent and selfless work,” she said.
Since the 17th Chinese peacekeeping force entered its mission areas in Liberia in November 2014, the engineer detachment has repaired roads with a total length of more than 200 kilometers. The transportation detachment has transported 34,800 tons of various kinds of materials with an excellent record of zero traffic accident, and the medical detachment has provided medical services for more than 1,600 persons/times.