UNIFIL Nepalese peacekeepers rotate

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6 Dec 2019

UNIFIL Nepalese peacekeepers rotate

UNIFIL’s Sector East Commander Brigadier General Marcos Llago Navarro oversaw the change of command of the Mission’s Nepalese peacekeepers in their main base in south Lebanon today.

The Commander of the incoming Shree Shiva Dal Battalion, Lt. Col. Chandra Prasad Chapagain, received from Brig. Gen. Navarro the UN flag as a sign of transfer of command.

In his address at the transfer of authority ceremony, Brig. Gen. Navarro praised the role of the outgoing Rana Shardul Battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Rajendra Pant. He said the outgoing Nepalese peacekeepers kept a continuous watch along the Blue Line, especially in sensitive areas, in order to maintain the cessation of hostilities in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 1701.

The new incoming battalion is one of the oldest infantry units of the Nepali Army. The battalion was raised in 1804 and boasts a proud history of successful operation during multiple battles in the past.

Nepal is one of 45 troop contributing countries of UNIFIL, with 850 peacekeepers on the ground serving for peace in south Lebanon. They rotate troops annually.