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Indian unit in Lebanon awarded

The contingent in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon gets the Force Commander's Unit Citation for its commendable service during the war.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 12:13 IST

The Indian contingent in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been awarded the Force Commander's Unit Citation for its commendable service during the war in southern Lebanon.

Seventy-three officers and soldiers of the battalion have also been awarded recently with the the Force Commander's Commendation Card for their good work.

The Indian battalion, 4 Sikh regiment, on Friday celebrated its Medal Day Parade to commemorate the successful completion of its second mandate in UNIFIL with force commander Allain Pellegrini commending its role during the war.

"I appreciate the bravery of the battalion in the face of live fire wherein they undertook various relief, recovery, replenishment and evacuation activities in the service of the Lebanese people, which has earned not only the battalion but even the UNIFIL a great amount of respect from the masses," a release quoted Pellegrini as saying at the occasion.

The battalion under the command of Colonel Subhash Panwar, who received the UN medals from the force commander, is occupying number of sensitive posts on Lebanon-Israel border.

The ceremony was followed by release of doves and balloons.

"It was symbolic of craving for peace in the war ravaged region but our forces draw inspiration from our father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and we are trying to spread his message among the masses here", spokesman of the Indian contingent, Maj Saurabh Pandey said.