BEIRUT, LEBANON, June 12 (ChinaMil) -- A total of 69 peacekeepers of the 16th Chinese peacekeeping multifunctional engineer detachment to Lebanon all passed the assessment organized by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
This is the first time that the Chinese peacekeeping troops obtains the two qualifications for humanitarian demining and unexploded ordnance clearance at the same time since their peacekeeping operations in Lebanon in 2006.
Henry Moerland, program director of the UNMAS, said that: “The mine clearance task conducted by Chinese soldiers is the most dangerous task of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) headquarters. I am sincerely grateful and deeply impressed by the qualities shown by Chinese peacekeepers in the test ground."
UNMAS sent three examiners to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the operational capabilities of 58 Chinese minesweeping sappers, 5 explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) sappers and 6 health-care personnel since June 7, local time.
All 69 Chinese peacekeepers passed the assessment with their superb capabilities and excellent qualities.
Next week, the Chinese peacekeeping troops will go to the border areas between Lebanon and Israel to conduct a comprehensive survey on 163 points of the minefield along the Blue Line, so as to prepare for the minefield clearance and channel maintenance work in the next time.