WAU, September 6 (ChinaMil) -- A delegation from the United Nations Security Council led by Ellen Margrethe Løj, Secretary-General's Special Representative for that country and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and Lieutenant General Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, Force Commander of the UNMISS, visited the Chinese peacekeeping engineering detachment in South Sudan on September 4, local time.
During the visit, the delegation members learned about work progress of the detachment and talked with Chinese peacekeepers.
The delegation, made up of over 30 representatives from 15 countries including permanent members and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, aims to visit the civilians sites under UNMISS protection and understand the needs and challenges of the South Sudan people as well as the impact of conflicts on them, so as to further improve security and humanitarian situations in South Sudan, according to a statement released by the UNMISS. During the armed conflict in Wau on June 25, the Chinese peacekeeping engineers risked their lives to set up tents, dig trenches, install barbed wires and establish isolation belt for over 30,000 refugees seeking shelters.
By working non-stop for over two months, the Chinese peacekeeping engineers built a strong bulwark of life protection, which won unanimous praise from the UNMISS and the South Sudan government and people. Thus, the UN Security Council delegation decided to visit Chinese peacekeeping engineering detachment.
The delegation was impressed by the clean and tidy environment, high morale, conscientious professionalism, brave and tenacious fighting style of the Chinese peacekeeping detachment, and expressed heartfelt thanks to the Chinese peacekeepers for their contributions to the peace and development of South Sudan.