Lankan troops for Lebanon UN peace keeping mission


By Anton Fernando

Ten officers and 140 other ranks of the Sri Lanka Army will leave for Lebanon to join the United Nations peace keeping mission. This military contingent will be the first from an Asian country to provide their services to the peace-keeping effort in Beirut, officials said.

Accompanying the Sri Lankan troops four specially trained canines and 26 military vehicles including eight combat ones, they said. The canines, trained to detect explosives, will assist the contingent in their mission as peace keeping forces in Lebanon.

Major General Milinda Peiris, Regimental Commander of the Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps inspected the passing out parade of the contingent yesterday.

The first batch is expected to leave for Beirut on November 30.

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