MINUSCA. MINDEF Bid Farewell to Cameroon Contingent

This was during a solemn ceremony that took place at the esplanade of the Headquarters Brigade on August 24, 2018 amidst administrative authorities and top bras of the Cameroon defence.

Emmanuel NGOTA

The Minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defence, Beti Assomo Joseph have called on the 5th contingent of Cameroonian soldiers deployed to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), to be duty conscious and professional in the execution of their duties. He was speaking last Friday, August 24, 2018 at the esplanade of the head quarter’s brigade in Yaounde during a solemn ceremony to bid farewell to the contingent.

The farewell ceremony of 1000 servicemen grouped in battalions and formed police units of the national gendarmerie was pregnant with a lot meaning as the country’s flag was handed over to the detachment head of soldiers deployed to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic MINUSCA, Colonel Bayemi Martin Prosper.

While addressing the contingent amidst administrative authorities and top bras of the military, the minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defence, Beti Assomo Joseph said the handing over of the flag to the flag bearer of the contingent is a symbol of Cameroon’s order, authority and prestige in the peace keeping operation mission to the Central African Republic.

Beti Assomo Joseph added that Cameroon’s defence forces participation to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic is a support by the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Paul Biya to show his international commitment in the context of common and regional security. The minister seized the opportunity to call on the soldiers to be good ambassadors of Cameroon in respecting the rules of engagement as stipulated by the united nation Charter. In this vein he called on them to emulate the outstanding behaviour put up by their predecessors which have been acclaimed by the United Nations and that of the head of state.

Talking to the press, the commander of the Cameroon contingent on deployment to the Central African Republic, Colonel Bayemi Martin Prosper sounded confident of their services to be rendered and also emphasized that him and his collaborators are up to the task.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic abbreviated as MINUSCA, is the UN peacekeeping mission, which started in April 10, 2014 to protect Central African Republic civilians under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. It transforms the 6,000-strong African Union-led peacekeeping force known as MISCA into a UN peacekeeping missions which became operational on September 15, 2014. The UN deployed a transition team to set up MINUSCA and prepare for a unified transition of authority from MISCA to MINUSCA. As of 2016, it has more than 10,000 troops on the ground aimed at supporting the transition process; facilitating humanitarian assistance; promoting and protecting of human rights; support for justice and the rule of law; above all disarmament; demobilization; reintegration and repatriation processes.

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