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Swisscoy decorated for efforts in Kosovo

The Swiss peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo, Swisscoy, has been awarded a medal in recognition of its efforts in the province.

This content was published on March 12, 2000 - 11:27

The Swiss peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo, Swisscoy, has been awarded a medal in recognition of its efforts in the province.

Swisscoy forms part of the multinational peacekeeping force, Kfor. Its members include military engineers, carpenters and mechanics.

During their tour of duty, Swisscoy soldiers have taken part in a number of important projects, including the reconstruction of two schools. They have also helped to provide clean water for people in the province.

The medal was presented at a special ceremony by the German general who is responsible for the sector where the Swiss soldiers are stationed. It acknowledges the contribution "towards peace and freedom" which the troops have made.

At the ceremony, senior officers underlined the importance of Kfor in restoring peace and normal life in the troubled province.

The Swiss commander, Christoph Brun, said the mission was in Switzerland's interest. He pointed out that the Kfor operation should enable the 29,000 Kosovars who have taken refuge in Switzerland to return home.

Switzerland's president, Adolf Ogi, is also expected to recognise Swisscoy's achievements later this month.

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