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Rwandan peacekeepers (Rwanbatt-12) serving under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central Africa Republic (MINUSCA) were decorated with UN medals for their commendable efforts in peacekeeping operations.

The ceremony took place on Thursday, 9th May 2024, at Rwanbatt-12 headquarters located at SOCATEL M’poko base camp in Bangui capital city.

Madam Valentine RUGWABIZA, The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of MINUSCA, presided over the ceremony.

In her address, Madam RUGWABIZA expressed gratitude for the significant contributions of the Rwandan peacekeepers towards maintaining peace and stability in the Central African Republic.

She emphasized the importance of their service to both the mission and the people of the Central African Republic, acknowledging their unwavering commitment and professionalism in fulfilling the MINUSCA mandate.

Lt Col Joseph GATABAZI, Rwanbatt-12 Commanding Officer, expressed appreciation for the support and guidance provided by MINUSCA leadership and various stakeholders that enabled the contingent to fulfill the mission.

He urged all Rwandan peacekeepers to continue their dedicated efforts for the remaining duration of their mission.

The ceremony was attended by various officials including CAR government officials, the Head of the Rwandan Diplomatic Mission in CAR, Mr. Olivier KAYUMBA, and members of the Rwandan community in CAR among others.
Src: Rwanda MOD

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