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28 November 2007
NINE RP PEACEKEEPERS HURT IN EAST TIMOR, KOSOVO INCIDENTS
NEW YORK--Nine Filipino peacekeepers serving with the United Nations missions in Timor-Leste and Kosovo were injured in three separate incidents last week, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations reported today.
In his report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said that a Filipino peacekeeper was injured after he was beaten up by a mob in Timor-Leste while eight other peacekeepers were hurt in two separate vehicular accidents in Kosovo.
The Philippine Mission did not release the identities of the injured peacekeepers but said all were officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) serving with the UN Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
In the East Timor incident, Ambassador Davide reported that the Filipino police officer sustained injuries after he was beaten up by a mob who tried to prevent him from retrieving a motorcycle that was earlier reported to have been stolen.
Quoting a report from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Ambassador Davide said the police officer had to be evacuated to Darwin, Australia, for treatment of the injuries he sustained in the incident that took place on 19 November 2007.
In Kosovo, the DPKO reported that eight PNP officers were injured in two vehicular accidents that took place within hours of each other on 20 November due to poor weather conditions.
In the first accident, a Filipino police officer suffered a broken arm after the UN vehicle he and another UN police officer were riding in skidded and hit an embankment while trying to avoid another vehicle along the Zvecan-Mitrovica Highway.
Four hours later, seven PNP officers, including a female officer, were injured when the UN vehicles they were in spun out of control and rolled over along the Pristina-Mitrovica Highway. The DPKO said all seven were treated for shock and minor injuries.
The Philippines, which is the No. 1 contributor of individual police officers to UN peacekeeping operations, has a total of 144 police officers serving in UNMIT and another 55 in UNMIK. It has 119 other police officers deployed in the UN missions in Afghanistan, Cote d' Ivoire, Georgia, Haiti, Liberia, Nepal, and the Sudan.
In addition, the Philippines has more than 300 military officers and enlisted personnel serving in Cote d' Ivoire, Haiti, Liberia, the Sudan and Timor-Leste. ###
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