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Military officers trained on new peacekeeping skills


United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support Anthony Banbury (7th from left, seated) in a group photo with other participants at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Embakasi, Nairobi on October 16, 2015. PHOTO | COURTESY | UN

Military personnel drawn from East Africa have completed a six-week course on peacekeeping missions.

The training, also known as the Triangular Partnership Project, focused on strengthening Africa’s engineering and logistical capabilities which is core in peacekeeping missions.

It was held at the Humanitarian Peace Support School in Embakasi, Nairobi.

Mr Anthony Banbury, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, who was the chief guest said the training of the senior officers will help fast-track deployment of troops and improve their response to crisis.

The officers were drawn from the four East African Community countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

“The rapid deployment of engineering capabilities to peacekeeping missions in Africa remains an urgent requirement. All professional soldiers know that military operations cannot be successful without logistics and without engineering,” said Mr Banbury.

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