Freetown -- The United Nations Mission
in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces
(RSLAF) on 8 February conducted their first joint border patrol in the
northern district of Kambia along the border with Guinea. The patrol is
an initiative of UNAMSIL's Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Daniel I. Opande and
the RSLAF. It was the first significant operation of its kind involving
UNAMSIL and RSALF forces in that border area of the country.
A platoon of the Kenyan Battalion (KENBAT
10) peacekeepers based in the town of Masiaka, and a platoon from the RSLAF's
Force Reconnaissance Unit jointly planned and conducted the patrol, which
lasted for three days.
The joint border patrol was a great success
and it exemplifies a mutual cooperation between UNAMSIL and RSLAF.