Indian unit in Congo gets UN peacekeeping medal

United Nations, May 17 (IANS) An Indian police unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo has received the United Nations Peacekeeping Medal.

The 135 Indian Formed Police Unit-2 (FPU) was honoured with the medal as an appreciation for their service in Goma/North Kivu.

The medal parade, held at the FPU camp in Goma May 15 was attended by senior officials, including Jacques Desilets, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) deputy police commissioner, said a statement.

The Indian unit has served in Democratic Republic of Congo since November 2005.

Addressing the recipients, Desilets said: “This medal was given to you as a symbol of appreciation and recognition of your toward peace and security in the city of Goma. This medal recognizes your professionalism, goodwill gestures, diligence and high level of commitment towards fight against all acts of criminality and other forms of violence in Goma Town with little regards for your personal safety.”

Desilets emphasized the tremendous work they did during Goma crisis in November 2012, when the city fell into an armed group’s hands, contributing to a sense of security among local population and United Nations staff, during and after the transition phase in favour of the return of the National Congolese Police (PNC) in December 2012.

India Formed Police Unit Commander Sukumar Sarangi expressed special thanks to MONUSCO and said: “UN Peace Medal earned today, will always inspire us to perform our duties with more dedication and devotion and enthusiasm and zeal.”

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