Indian peacekeepers, who supported the Haitian Police for over a decade and are departing from there as the UN mission closes in October, have won laurels for their commendable service and for going beyond the call of duty to serve the people in the Caribbean country.
The Indian Formed Police Unit (FPU), deployed with the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), consisted of 140 personnel from the Assam Rifles, the 184-year-old paramilitary force.
Of the total 140 peacekeepers, 126 officers left Haiti on July 21, following the closing of operations of the last Indian contingent there.
The remaining 14 officers will leave on August 3, ending 11 years of continuous presence of Indian polic in support of the Haitian National Police (HNP), since the arrival of their first contingent as part of the MINUSTAH in 2008.
'The peacekeepers deployed in Haiti have performed their duties very well. We have helped and provided training to the Haitian Police through joint exercises. Haitian personnel, including the Police Commissioner have appreciated our work,' said the Indian FPU Commander, Colonel Chatter Singh.
Between 2008 and 2019, a total of 3,260 policemen served alongside Haitian police in interventions such as law enforcement, joint patrols, checkpoints and the escort of humanitarian aid convoys in areas affected by natural disasters.
India is the fourth largest contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, with 6,322 officers deployed in various missions around the world.
In total, India has provided more than 200,000 military personnel to UN operations in the past 70 years.
'The lessons learnt from our deployment will help us in future assignments as well,' Mr. Singh said.