Kazakhstan’s personnel will serve in the Indian battalion
Kazakhstan’s initiatives in preserving peace and strengthening security are well known globally. The country, as a member of the UN Security Council, calls the world community to join efforts in maintaining stability as well as to counter threats. For the first time in the history of independent Kazakhstan, a local military unit will participate in an international peacekeeping mission. 120 soldiers who arrived in the Lebanese city of Marjayoun had undergone special training during the year.
Kazakhstan’s personnel will serve in the Indian battalion. An agreement was reached between governments of the two countries. Preparation for the mission took place not only at domestic testing sites but also in a special centre in New Delhi.
JEEVAN BALARAMAN, COMMANDER, INDIAN BATTALION:
- I’m very happy to welcome Kazakhstan’s contingent to Lebanon as part of the Indian battalion. It is a historic moment for both contingents. It is the first time that Kazakhstan’s contingent is deploying in the UN mission as part of the Indian battalion for the peacekeeping operation.
Negotiations on the participation of Kazakh soldiers in the Middle East mission have been continuing for several years. Ranks of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon have been replenished by Kazakh peacekeepers who have undergone a tough selection.
AYAN NURKASOV, COMMANDER, KAZAKHSTAN’S PEACEKEEPING REGIMENT:
- For this consolidated military unit, we selected servicemen, who present themselves only from the positive side and who have served for at least three years. We saw that in previous years they all participated in all international exercises and had experience in the UN system and we made a special effort on language training.
The UN mission in Lebanon is one of the longest-running peacekeeping operations. The Kazakh military personnel will stay there for six months. Under the UN mandate, the military personnel will carry out patrols of the so-called ‘Blue Line’ on the border of Lebanon and Israel, organize observation posts, as well as assist the Lebanese armed forces when it is needed.
Each of these officers has their own story. When they are asked about their readiness to serve the world, they give only one answer.
AIDYN MOSHABAYEV, SPOKESPERSON, KAZAKHSTAN’S PEACEKEEPING REGIMENT:
- In 2007, I visited Iraq and want to share my experience with young people. I came here for this purpose.
DMITRIY MOVSESOV, SPOKESPERSON, KAZAKHSTAN’S PEACEKEEPING REGIMENT:
- Of course, I am ready. I have no combat experience so I have taken many courses in the Czech Republic as an instructor in peacekeeping operations. I have travelled to America and the Republic of Macedonia for peacekeeping exercises. I’ve gained a lot of experience and I want to have an experience in the Republic of Lebanon.