Rwanda: 420 Rwandan police officers set for UN peacekeeping mission in CAR

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A group of 420 Rwandan police officers is ready for deployment on  peacekeeping duties in Central African Republic (CAR), according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali Wednesday.

It said that two police and protection support units have been undergoing a three-month peacekeeping training course at the Police Training School (PTS) of Gishari in Rwamagana District.

The contingents will replace the same number currently in the final phase of their mandate under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CAR (MINUSCA).

Speaking at an operational readiness assessment before deployment, team leader of the UN Formed Police Assessment Team, Tarek Bouteraa from Tunisia, hailed the quality of Rwandan Police units, their discipline and professionalism through the mastery of shooting, driving, tactical exercises and long experience of the coaching team.

“We note with great satisfaction that your units are ready to be deployed to the MINUSCA under United Nations auspices,” Bouteraa said.

Since January 2014,Rwanda has deployed 820 police peacekeepers to MINUSCA.

-0- PANA TWA/AR 21Sept2016

21 september 2016 16:18:49

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