As part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo, the Indian Army contingent carried out Helicopter Landed Area Domination Patrol (HLADP) and conducted extensive interaction with local population at Bwesa. The patrol was in continuation of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo (MONUSCO) Force’ endeavour to proactively ensure protection of civilians. History Created! Indian Army Commands Foreign Army Contingent During UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon.
Indian Army’s Tweet:
In continuation of #MONUSCO Forces’ endeavour to proactively ensure Protection of Civilians, #IndianArmy contingent carried out Helicopter Landed Area Domination Patrol #HLADP & conducted extensive interaction with local population at Bwesa #DRCongo#BlueHelmets pic.twitter.com/tA9ZWqQ5t7
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) May 4, 2019
Earlier on May 2, to ensure protection of civilians and to support safe extrication of Child Armed Group Cadres, the Indian Army contingent launched Static Combat Deployment (SCD) at Mpati and successfully extricated 143 Child Cadres for rehabilitation. The SCD was also launched to tackle the armed group clashes in the country. Indian Army Rescues 2,500 Tourists Stuck in Snowfall Near India-China Border in Sikkim’s Nathu La.
Indian Army’s Tweet:
To ensure Protection of Civilians #PoC & threats emanating from Armed Group clashes & to support safe extrication of Child Armed Group Cadres, #IndianArmy contingent launched Static Combat Deployment at Mpati & successfully extricated 143 Child Cadres for rehabilitation. #UN pic.twitter.com/ewfr2gVTYS
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) May 2, 2019
A similar operation was also launched on April 30 in Mpati. According to a report published in The Financial Express, the 21 RAJ RIF battalion under the UN Blue Helmets is assessing the prevailing security situation and is reassuring the local population of MONUSCO support. Presently, 20,000 UN peacekeepers are deployed in Congo, out of which 4,000 are Indian Army soldiers. According to the United Nations, out of the 3,737 peacekeepers who have died since 1948, 163 have been from India, the highest total from any troop-contributing country. India is presently the third largest contributor of military and police personnel to the United Nations Peacekeeping with 6,693 deployed on various UN peacekeeping missions. Two Hizbul Mujahideen Terrorists Gunned Down in Jammu And Kashmir’s Anantnag on Thursday; 71 Terrorists Killed So Far in 2019, 43 After Pulwama Attack.
Meanwhile, the MONUSCO took over from an earlier UN peacekeeping operation in Congo – the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) on 1 July 2010. It was done in accordance with Security Council resolution 1925 of 28 May to reflect the new phase reached in the country. The new mission has been authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate relating, among other things, to the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts.
(Picture Courtesy: Twitter/Indian Army)