Seeing the Serbian peacekeepers off to Cyprus and Lebanon
In the "South" base, the members of the Serbian Armed Forces that will participate in multinational operations in Cyprus and Lebanon have been officially seen off. Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic handed the flags of the Republic of Serbia to platoon leaders Major Ljubomir Punic and Captain Milos Todorovic, greeted all the members of the military heading to peacekeeping mission and wished them luck in carrying out this important task.
General Dikovic pointed out that the tradition of the Republic of Serbia is an important mainstay in positioning of our country in international relations and recalled the work of our ancestors in the liberation wars and wonderful examples of the behavior of our military in peacekeeping operations in Sinai, Burundi and other countries.
"We are proud to continue this tradition and this is the third rotation of our soldiers deployed in multinational operations – General Dikovic said to future peacekeepers – that they are participating in the peacekeeping operation together with the armies of other countries. Develop relationships, as it is in the tradition of our nation, with members of other armies and it will be a great contribution to the reputation of Serbia around the world today when we are looking for our position where we see that is the best for us. We are committed to the European Union, so we began to deploy our people to missions of the European Union. In this way, the Armed Forces, as an important institution in the system, will contribute to Serbia's image in the world."
Currently, the Serbian Armed Forces has 111 members in six UN mandated multinational operations and in two EU mandated peacekeeping operations. A number of 43 officers and soldiers took off for the Republic of Cyprus, through Hungary and 36 members of the Serbian Armed Forces will take off for the Republic of Lebanon, through Spain, They will spend two months in Spain for training, and at the end of the year, the number of members of the Serbian Armed Forces in Lebanon will grow to 160 people, as in November the company will be deployed to the area of multinational operation in Lebanon.
By the end of the year, according to the Head of the Centre for Peacekeeping Operations of the SAF GS Joint Operations Command, Colonel Milivoje Pajovic, it has been planned to deploy 475 soldiers of the Serbian Armed Forces in various multinational operations. "We decided to acknowledge in a solemn way the members of the Serbian contingent who have proven by their readiness that they can, on an equal basis with other members of the armies of the world, spread the glory of the Republic of Serbia abroad and thus increase the reputation of the Republic of Serbia in an international environment", Colonel Pajovic said.