SIERRA LEONE / WITHDRAWAL

15-Dec-2005
UN peacekeepers are pulling out of Sierra Leone today, as the UN Mission there ends. UNTV

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STORY: SIERRA LEONE / WITHDRAWAL
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27 - 30 JUNE 2005, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
1. Wide shot, military graduation parade
2. Wide shot, military graduation parade
3. Close up, soldiers guns
4. Med shot, soldiers standing at attention

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Peacekeeping, 2004

5. Close up, UN helicopters
6. Various shots, peacekeepers on ground in field

27 - 30 JUNE 2005, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE

7. Med shot, Pakistani peacekeeper on tractor clearing out garbage
8. Pull back, children to Pakistani peacekeepers repairing drainage canal

STORYLINE:

290 Pakistani soldiers, representing the last contingent of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) troops, left Freetown today for their home country Pakistan.
The Pakistani contingent who had left the Hastings Transit Camp yesterday amid cheers and expression of appreciation from the locals, left Lungi International Airport aboard Askari Aviation Airline at exactly 09.38 hours to reunite with their families which they left back home.

The departure of the Pakistani contingents marks the end of one of the biggest missions that at its peak commanded 17,000 troops from over thirty countries, and whose estimated cost is put at approximately $ 3 billion.

Many of the repatriating peacekeepers expressed satisfaction for been part of the success story of UNAMSIL.

The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sierra Leone, Ambassador Daudi Mwakawago, paid glowing tribute to all peacekeepers for their selfless contribution in laying a solid foundation for peace and security for Sierra Leone.

The SRSG also used the occasion to thank all troop contributing countries for their prompt response to the Secretary General's call for troops.

Within this week alone, the Nigerian, Jordanian, and the Bangladesh contingents left Sierra Leone for their home countries after a successful tour of duty with UNAMSIL.
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