Kazakh military personnel were escorted to the Golan Heights in Almaty

Solemn send-off of the peacekeeping contingent of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the mission "UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights" took place in the Park named after 28 Panfilov Guards.

The leadership of the Ministry of Defense, members of Parliament, colleagues, relatives of military personnel, representatives of executive authorities, veterans' organizations, the public and the children's and youth military-patriotic movement "Zhas Sarbaz" gathered on the square.

Defense Minister Colonel-General Ruslan Zhaksylykov noted that the expansion of the geography and diversification of the participation of Kazakhstani peacekeepers in UN missions is carried out on the instructions of the President.

"It is a great honor for us, in a short period of time we have prepared and equipped a peacekeeping contingent that meets all international standards and requirements, ready to perform tasks in special conditions of the military–political situation," he stressed.

The head of the Defense Department also noted that this is an indicator of the recognition by the UN and the international community of the maturity of the state and the ability of our Armed Forces to carry out the most important tasks to preserve peace and security.

– At the same time, it is also a huge responsibility to the country and the world community. Therefore, we must show a high level of training, discipline and highly carry the authority of the Republic of Kazakhstan and its Armed Forces in the international arena," he concluded.

Deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament Konstantin Avershin and Bolat Kerimbek addressed the peacekeepers with a parting word, wishing them successful service.

Colonel-General Ruslan Zhaksylykov presented the commander of the contingent, Lieutenant Colonel Zhiger Aipov, with the National Flag of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with which the servicemen marched through the square. Upon arrival of the military personnel at the site, the symbol of our state will be erected on the territory of the Kazakh peacekeeping base in the Golan Heights.

As Lieutenant Colonel Zhiger Aipov noted, the personnel of the peacekeeping contingent have undergone comprehensive peacekeeping training and are ready to perform their assigned tasks within the framework of the UN mission's mandate.

Since 2014, 67 Kazakhstani officers have participated in UN missions in Western Sahara, Ivory Coast, Mali, the Central African Republic and Lebanon as military observers and staff officers.

Since 2018, 538 Kazakhstani servicemen have participated in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon mission as part of a peacekeeping unit.

Currently, Kazakhstanis are serving in UN missions: 6 officers in Western Sahara, 2 in the Central African Republic, 2 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 in Lebanon. 139 Kazakhstani military personnel have been sent to the Golan Heights, where, in accordance with the mission's mandate, they will carry out tasks to maintain a ceasefire between the warring parties.