120 Kazakh peacekeepers arrived in Lebanon
For the first time in the history of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, the peacekeeping contingent is engaged in the UN mission in Lebanon.
120 militants of the peacekeeping regiment of Kazakhstan arrived in the Republic of Lebanon to join the mission of the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon as a part of the Indian battalion (INDBAT), BNews.kz reports referring to a press service of the Defense Ministry of Kazakhstan.
"For the first time in the history of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, the peacekeeping contingent is engaged in the UN mission in Lebanon. Necessary preparatory work has been done with the Indian partners to arrange a peacekeeping company. A memorandum of mutual understanding between the governments was signed to jointly take part in the mission. According to the mandate of the United Nations, the peacekeeping division of Kazakhstan will patrol the area, set up observation posts, observe compliance with the ceasefire," they said in a press service of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan.
The participation reinforces the international security, as well as enhances Kazakhstan'screditabilityy as a responsible member of the International Organization, including in the light of concluding non-permanent membership of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the UN Security Council.
Kazakhstan's Defense Ministry conducts works to expand possibilities for Kazakh militants to gain experience in peacekeeping and to serve in areas with complex military and political situation.
"The militants are provided with three-fold salaries from the budget of the Ministry of Defense. Also, the UN compensates the state, contingent expenses at rates established by the UN General Assembly. It is 1421 US dollars per militant a month. Each militant is also paid a daily allowance of 1.28 US dollars a day, allowance for health care - 10.5 US dollars a day for 15 days of leave during every 6 months spent in the mission," the report reads.