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Peacekeeping riot police to leave for Haiti
Updated: 2004-08-25 02:06

China's first batch of peacekeeping riot police forces is scheduled to leave for Haiti in September to carry out the United Nations peacekeeping missions, sources with the Ministry of Public Security said.

The forces consist of 125 Chinese policemen who have undergone a three-month-long special training and passed exams held by the United Nations, the ministry said.

Zhou Yongkang, state councilor and minister of the Public Security, visited the training base Tuesday and extended greetings to the trainees on behalf of the Chinese government.

According to Zhou, it is an important diplomatic move to sending peacekeeping policemen for UN peacekeeping missions as it reflects the role and influence of China, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, in the international affairs.

It also showcases China's devotion to maintaining world peace and stability, Zhou said.

He ordered the policemen to observe all relevant UN rules and regulations, respect local customs and fulfill all tasks.

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