Another batch of Sri Lankan troops of the UN Peace Keeping Mission in Haiti leaves the island.
It is the 12th Sri Lanka Army contingent to leave for Haiti. They are due to stay in Haiti for a period of six months. A 749 strong contingent had left for Haiti to engage in peacekeeping operations. 375 members left the island last Tuesday and the balance left for Haiti today. This contingent is to be commanded by Col. A.M.R. Dharmasiri. A total of over 8000 members of the Sri Lanka Army had so far participated in UN peacekeeping operations to date since 22nd October 2004.
After Sri Lanka joined the UN in 1955, the first UN mission of the Army was sent to Congo in the African continent.