Chinese peacekeeping force to S. Sudan hands over Rumbek mission site to Thai counterpart

Source:China Military Online Editor:Huang Panyue 2019-03-08

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RUMBEK, SOUTH SUDAN, Mar. 8 (ChinaMil) -- Recently, the 9th Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to South Sudan officially handed over the mission site in Rumbek to the Thai peacekeeping engineer company.

Wang Yanhui, deputy leader of the Rumbek Contingent, signed and exchanged the handover certificate with his Thai counterpart, in the witness of Prashant, deputy director of General Engineering Office of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The Rumbek mission site is located more than 100 km southeast of the Wau Base Camp. In 2007, the 2nd Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Sudan (before disintegration) was deployed to Rumbek for the first time, mainly responsible for the building of roads, bridges, and protective shelters, as well as the construction of water supply, power supply and heating facilities in the mission area, along with engineering support for other peacekeeping forces in the combat zone.

Prashant said that construction projects completed by Chinese engineers have become a model for the UNMISS. “You have improved the traffic conditions for the people around Rumbek and made outstanding contributions to the peace building of the UNMISS with diligence and wisdom,” said Prashant.

Wang Yanhui said that after returning to the Wau Base Camp, the Chinese peacekeeping troops will continue to fulfill their mission and support the peace and development of South Sudan.

“Chinese engineers have set a standard for us in various engineering support tasks. In the future, we will look to Chinese engineers and complete projects that can win praise from our neighboring peacekeeping forces," commander of the Thai peacekeeping engineer company said.

It is reported that since the contingent of 9th Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to South Sudan was deployed to the Rumbek mission site, it has successively upgraded security defense facilities for the United Nation (UN) camp, built airport roads, hardened camp roads and repaired 150 km of roads. Among them, a number of projects were rated as “Excellent Infrastructure Projects” by the UNMISS.