SOUTH SUDAN / CHINESE PEACEKEEPERS AWARDED

02-Oct-2017 00:02:39
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today honored the third Chinese peacekeeping battalion to serve under its flag in a medal parade ceremony. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / CHINESE PEACEKEEPERS AWARDED
TRT: 2:39
SOURCE: UNMISS

RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 02 OCTOBER 2017, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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02 OCTOBER 2017, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide Shot, Chinese peacekeeping battalion parade ground
2. Pan right, Chinese peacekeeping battalion parade
3. Med shot, UN flag hoisting
4. Pan right, Guests saluting
5. Tilt up, Chinese flag hoisting
6. Tracking, Chinese peacekeeping battalion parade
7. Med Shot, Soumaré pinning medal on peacekeeper
8. Tilt up, Chinese ambassador pinning medal on peacekeeper
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today we recognize the dedication, commitment, and professionalism of the 700 Chinese contingent troops under the command of Colonel Ding Hai Long. I commend you for your contribution across a range of critical security tasks since joining the Mission in December 2016.”

31 AUGUST, 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

10. Wide shot, Chinese battalion’s weapons search team
11. Tracking, Chinese battalion’s weapons search team
12. Med shot, peacekeeper inspecting weapon found

29 JANUARY, 2016, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

13. Close up, peacekeeper in vehicle on patrol
14. Close up, peacekeeper in vehicle on patrol
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I would be remiss if I did not mention that 13 members of the contingent are women and I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your service in particular. The role and contribution of female officers is especially crucial in a place like South Sudan by making uniformed personnel more accessible to the most vulnerable civilians.”
16. Wide Shot, Commanding Officer addressing people at event
17. Close up, guests
18. Med shot, Commanding Officer addressing people at event
19. Close up, Chinese ambassador
20. Wide shot, military demonstration
21. Med shot, military demonstration
STORYLINE
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today (02 Oct) honored the third Chinese peacekeeping battalion to serve under its flag in a medal parade ceremony.

Moustapha Soumaré, Deputy UN Special Representative in South Sudan said the ceremony was to recognize “the dedication, commitment and professionalism of the 700 Chinese contingent troops under the command of Colonel Ding Hai Long.” He commended the troops for their contribution across a range of critical security tasks.

UNMISS said the Chinese contingent has worked hard to build and maintain a safe and secure environment for the people of South Sudan since its deployment in December 2016. This includes patrolling at protection of civilians (POC) sites, and taking part in search operations to keep criminals and weapons out of the site. They have also carried out patrols within the capital Juba as well as long distance along dangerous and damaged roads to reach vulnerable people in the most remote areas of the country.

Soumaré expressed his “heartfelt gratitude” in particular to the 13 female members of the contingent. He said the role and contribution of female officers is especially crucial in a place like South Sudan by “making uniformed personnel more accessible to the most vulnerable civilians.”

Commanding Officer Ding Hai Long expressed his gratitude to all UNMISS personnel for their support in helping the Chinese battalion fulfill its mandate to protect civilians and build durable peace in South Sudan.

Over almost three decades, China has contributed more than 30,000 UN peacekeepers to 24 different Missions. It is also the second largest financial contributor to peacekeeping.
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