SOUTH SUDAN, Mar. 6 (ChinaMil) -- A nine-member representative team of the United Nations (UN) Military Staff Committee (UNMSC), dispatched by the UN Security Council, flew to South Sudan on March 2 from UN Headquarters in New York for a survey and study of the work of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The UNMSC is a staff and advisory body to implement the UN Security Council’s multi-lateral military diplomacy.
The UNMSC representative team, led by Major General Huang Xueping, leader of the UNMSC's Chinese Mission, consisted of members from countries that included China, Russia, the US, the UK and France.
Accompanied by Major General Yang Chaoying, acting commander of the UNMISS force, the UNMSC team inspected the campsite of the 3rd Chinese Peacekeeping Infantry Battalion to South Sudan on the afternoon of March 2.
Battalion Commander Ding Hailong introduced the battalion’s experiences and practices regarding status awareness, situation judgment and response to emergent and unexpected situations, which was unanimously recognized by all members of the UNMSC representative team.
“The excellent tasks fulfilled by the Chinese peacekeeping battalion in South Sudan embody the Chinese peacekeepers’ professional spirit to the maximum extent and set a good model for peacekeepers from other troop-contributing countries,” said Brigadier General Thierry Lion, a member of the UNMSC representative team from France.
At about 8 pm that day, the UNMSC team observed the Chinese peacekeepers’ night patrol in the weapon-prohibited area of a UN refugee camp.
When learning that local violent crime cases have been apparently reduced after the set-up of the weapon-prohibited area, members of the UNMSC representative team highly affirmed this practice and encouraged the Chinese peacekeepers to make more achievements in performing their UN peacekeeping missions.
“The Chinese peacekeeping force, which showcased ‘China quality’ in performing its duties, is capable of fulfilling the UNMISS-entrusted tasks and promoting the peace process in South Sudan, being surely a Blue Helmet brand,” said a member of the UNMSC representative team from the UK after completing the survey.