Nepali peacekeepers deployed to Disengagement Observer Force in Syria
Kathmandu, November 23. On Tuesday, a contingent of the Nepali Army Peacekeepers departed for Syria to join the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
The 192-member company, composed of machined infantry, engineers, and health professionals flew from Tribhuvan International Airport in a special flight arranged by the United Nations.
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force was established on 31 May 1974 to maintain the ceasefire between the Israeli and Syrian forces. The peacekeeper’s mission also supervise the implementation of the disengagement agreement signed in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Nepali Army in UN Peacekeeping
The Nepali Army joined the United Nations Peacekeeping in 1948. Since then, more than One hundred thirty thousand Nepali army personnel have served in 43 missions around the globe.
Nepali Army is currently the third-largest contributor to peacekeeping operations. At present, 5,235 personnel including 200 female soldiers are deployed in 12 different missions.
According to the Nepali Army database, 68 of its members lost their lives and 66 lost their appendages while in peacekeeping missions.
Nepal has a future commitment to provide up to 10,000 peacekeepers to the UN missions.
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