Colombo: For the first time, Sri Lanka will
send its troops to Lebanon to serve in the UN peacekeeping
force deployed there, military officials said Tuesday.
A total of 150 soldiers will go to Lebanon next week, a
senior military official said.
Sri Lanka has deployed its troops as part of the UN
peacekeeping force in several countries including Haiti and
Chad. They had been previously deployed for observation duties
in Congo, Sudan and Western Sahara, but it is the first time
that they would be serving in Lebanon as part of the UN
More than 1,000 Sri Lankan soldiers are currently
serving in UN peacekeeping forces, according to army
Sri Lanka`s first-ever participation in a UN peacekeeping
force came way back in 1960 when some six peacekeepers were
deployed in the United Nations Mission in Congo.