Brunei UNIFIL peacekeepers return home from Lebanon
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TWENTY-NINE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel arrived home safely yesterday after serving under the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as part of a peacekeeping mission for one year.
The Brunei contingent embedded with the Malaysian Battalion 850-3 (MALBATT 850-3) was welcomed back in a ceremony held at the multipurpose hall of the Bolkiah Garrison in Berakas which was attended by the returning personnel’s family and friends.
The RBAF UNIFIL contingent began deployment on September 1 of last year.
Sharing their experiences, head of the contingent Captain Hj Md Faizi Hj Tarif said their peacekeeping mission in Lebanon has instilled in him and his fellow comrades a stronger sense of patriotism.
“After going through what we experienced at the peacekeeping site in Lebanon, where the current situation in terms of economy and safety is unstable, we have learned to appreciate (Brunei) even more because we are able to live in harmony,” he said.
He added that the peacekeeping mission enabled the contingent to exchange ideas and tactics with international armed forces such as the Lebanese Armed Forces.
On hand to welcome the returning personnel during the ceremony was the Commander of the RBAF, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah alongside senior officers from the Ministry of Defence and the RBAF.
UNIFIL was established in 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon following the first Israel-Lebanon conflict and to restore international peace and security.
The Brunei Times