Nepalese police awarded UN peacekeeping medal in Haiti
One hundred and forty officers of the Nepalese Formed Police Force (FPU) were awarded the United Nations Medal at a ceremony held on Thursday, September 27th at its headquarters in Cap-Haïtien, a UN press release said Monday. The Nepalese FPU is deployed with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
The 140-strong Nepalese FPU, with ten women among its ranks, has been serving in Haiti since May 2012.
As part of their mission, the Nepalese peacekeepers carry out patrols with their national counterparts – the Haitian National Police (PNH). The FPU also ensures security at the civilian prison in Cap Haïtien, where it provides 2,000 litres of clean drinking water on a daily basis for the prisoners.
Nepal has been providing troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world since 1957, and contributing police for the past twenty years.
At this time, Nepal is the eighth largest contributor of uniformed personnel to the United Nations with 3,980 military and police personnel now deployed.
One of the longest serving contingents in Haiti, the Nepalese peacekeepers have been deployed in the country since September 2004. nepalnews.com