Yasam police Haiti 311.
(photo credit: Israel Police)
The 14 Israeli police officers who returned recently from Haiti to help boost
the international police force there have done more to enhance Israel’s image
and status more than any “conventional” diplomatic efforts, Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday.
Lieberman’s comments came at a ceremony
at the Foreign Ministry during which the officers were presented with citations
of appreciation by Lieberman, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and
Deputy Police Insp.-Gen. Ilan Franco.
The delegation left for Haiti in
August at the request of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an Israeli presence
as part of a multinational police force in Haiti to help impose law and order
following January’s massive earthquake.
According to a statement put out
by the Foreign Ministry, UN representative Maxwell Gillard thanked the officers
for their contribution and expressed appreciation for their personal
The head of the delegation, Ch.-Supt. Meir Namir, said the
delegation represented Israel with honor and “delivered the goods” in terms of
the values represented and the professionalism demonstrated.
This was the
second Israeli police force delegation to go to Haiti this year. The first group
of 10 officers was dispatched there soon after the earthquake hit in February.