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US trains Guinea peacekeepers

Conakry, Guinea - Guinean president Alpha Condé on Friday lauded 900 Guinean soldiers who have completed a two-week training progamme at Samoriya camp in Knadia, about 130 km from the capital, before their deployment to peacekeeping missions in Mali and other African countries.

He urged them to take the appropriate initiatives to fulfil their duties for peace wherever they were sent.

The soldiers from the Nimba 2 company and the Gangan battalion were trained by 35 US instructors.

'You are going to countries where the climate and living conditions are difficult, but I can rely on your know-how and courage to honour the country ... I urged you to be disciplined,' he said.

A first Guinean contingent is already in Mali serving under the UN Mission in Mali (MISMA), deployed next to the Malian and French armed forces and peacekeepers from several other countries.

Those Guinean soldiers are serving in the north where Islamists and rebels from the National Movement for Azawad Liberation (MNLA) launched an invasion in 2012.

Pana 15/02/2014