Douala (Cameroon) – A new contingent of 1030 Cameroonian soldiers have recently joined the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for Stabilization in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), APA learned on Tuesday from the ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
The new contingent is the fourth battalion of its kind deployed in CAR in a bid to beef up the ranks of their peacekeeping colleagues already in the country.
Handing the national flag to the contingent, Cameroon’s minister of Defence (MINDEF) Joseph Beti Assomo urged the peacekeepers to be show professionalism and defend the honour of their country.
“In your behaviour you must honour the flag and standards of Cameroon. This flag, sacred in essence for every citizen with a civic sense, must always remind you, even if it seems obvious, that you are Cameroonians among the 11 battalions from other countries.
“Whatever the circumstances, remain disciplined, united and watchful. Listen to your commanders all the time,” Beti Assomo added.
This fourth batch of CAR-bound Cameroonian peacekeepers was trained in accordance with United Nations standards and procedures with the support of the United States.