Saturday, September 30, 2006

At Last Malaysia's Lebanon Wish Comes True!

Malaysian peacekeepers will leave for war-torn southern Lebanon in a month after Kuala Lumpur confirms acceptance of the United Nations' offer to join the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia had replied to the UN that it had accepted the world body's offer and it would make arrangements to send the peacekeepers to the Middle East nation in a month's time. Najib, who is also Defence Minister, was responding to queries on the latest developments in sending Malaysian soldiers to Lebanon.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had agreed for Malaysia to send 360 peacekeepers to Lebanon.

Earlier, Najib, who is also Pekan MP, launched the SPSetia Foundation child adoption programme.

Asked whether the peacekeepers would be sent after Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Najib said: "We've to look at the situation there and the places where our soldiers will be stationed."

On deferment of the Umno elections scheduled for next year which might not deter certain groups from continuing to campaign, Najib said they have to stop eventually if party elections are not held.

"Some campaigning have started. So, we took a pre-emptive measure to stop the campaigning from continuing," he added.

Earlier related post: Lebanon Peacekeeping Mission: Desperate Malaysia Wants To Join Indonesia.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Ranger said...

Yes, about 360 of them. Probably to man the UN Hq, nothing glorious. Guarding UN installations. I doubt they can do much looking at the headcount. Basically they will be bottle washers.

8:20 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Who am I to contradict you Major? You're the expert. If you say so I believe you.

8:25 PM GMT+8  
Blogger toniXe said...

I thought the skirmishes r over u done with ?

what peacekeepers do u need?

v need real men who can fight !

not Najib of course!

11:09 PM GMT+8  
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11:40 PM GMT+8  

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