96 Gambian soldiers begin UN peace mission

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A contingent of 96 Gambian security officers, drawn from the military, the police and para military departments, have left Banjul, the G a mbian capital, to start United Nations’ peace-keeping mission in Southern Sudan’ s troubled region of Darfur, official sources here told PANA on Saturday.
Speaking when the servicemen bade farewell to their families on Thursday, Gambia ’s Interior Minister, Ousman Sonko, advised the officers to respect Sudan’s cult u ral norms and traditional values during their mission in the troubled nation.
“Utmost discipline is expected from all of you and remember that you are going t here not as individuals but as representatives of our nation and whatever an ind i vidual does, good or bad, will rub off on the Gambia," he said.
“As good and patriotic Gambians, you should be loyal to yourselves.
You have bee n chosen out of thousands others to serve your country.
You should fulfil your o b ligations.
” Sonko added.

07 june 2009 09:19:00

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