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    UNIFIL Commander visits Chinese peacekeepers in demining operation

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    By Zhang Zhe and Li Zhulin

    Major General Aroldo Lázaro Sáenz (center), Chief of Mission and Commander of UNIFIL, shakes hands with a Chinese demining operator on a minefield assigned to the 21st Contingent Chinese multifunctional peacekeeping engineer near the Blue Line, the border between Lebanon and Israel on October 10, 2022. (Photo by Li Zhulin)BEIRUT, October 8 — Major General Aroldo Lázaro Sáenz , chief of mission and commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), visited the minefield assigned to the Chinese 21st multifunctional engineering peacekeeping contingent on October 6. Major-General Lázaro and his entourage arrived Thursday morning at the minefield near the Blue Line on the Lebanon-Israel border, where he listened to the report of the Chinese contingent of multifunctional peacekeeping engineers. peace on their clearance operations, then put on a set of EOD (Explosive Ordnance Dissolution) protective gear and entered the minefield. He spoke with the Chinese mine clearance operators and took group photos with them. Major General Lázaro said the Chinese mine sweeping contingent is highly professional and disciplined, and has maintained the records of “zero accidents” and “zero casualties”, serving as an important support force for the maintenance of peace and stability in southern Lebanon. China plays an important role in maintaining world peace and its contribution to UN peacekeeping operations in Lebanon is appreciated, Major General Lázaro said. He is reported that since 2006, China has sent more than 7,000 peacekeepers in 21 peacekeeping forces to join UN peacekeeping operations in Lebanon. Chinese peacekeeping deminers cleared more than 15,000 mines and other types of unexploded ordnance, and Chinese peacekeeping medical workers provided medical assistance to more than 87,000 local people, making an important contribution to the maintenance of peace and stability in southern Lebanon.

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