Ambassador Kocharian participated in the ceremony of the transfer of authority of Armenian peacekeeping UNIFIL contingent


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On November 25, 2015 the official ceremony of transferring of authority of the Armenian contingent was held in the Sector West headquarters of UNIFIL peacekeeping mission, located in southern military base named Shama. After completing its mission the second contingent of Armenian peacekeepers transferred authority to the newly arrived third contingent. At the ceremony Ambassador of Armenia in Lebanon Ashot Kocharian, commander of the second contingent major Vahan Avagyan and the commander of the headquarters, brigade general Franco Federichi delivered their speeches. General Federichi thanked the Armenian peacekeepers for carrying out their mission at the highest level.


Ambassador Kocharian mentioned in his speech that Armenia’s engagement in the area of international peacekeeping has recently gradually expanded both geography-, and quantity-, and quality-wise.  Armenia is considered as an active contributor to the international peace and security, accumulating considerable experience. Ambassador expressed his gratitude to international organizations and countries, namely Italy for their pivotal role in establishment and development of the Armenian peacekeeping capabilities.


Concluding his speech Ambassador Kocharian expressed his gratitude to the Italian commandership, congratulated the peacekeepers for successful accomplishment of  their mission and wished good luck to the new contingent which  took over its duty.


At the end of the official ceremony Armenian peacekeepers of the second contingent were decorated with the special UN medals for successful completion of their mission.


Representatives of the Lebanese Armed Forces, diplomatic staff members of the Embassy of Armenia in Lebanon, military personnel and number of peacekeepers from different countries were present at the ceremony.


Reference. Since November 2014, after joining the UNIFIL family, Armenian peacekeepers under the Italian command carry out their important mission in the UN military base, located in Shama village of Lebanon, thus contributing to the strengthening of security.  

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