BOGOTA – The commander of the Colombian army, Gen. Alberto Jose Mejia Ferrero, bid farewell Saturday to the Colombia Battalion No. 108 that is off to the Sinai Peninsula to form part of the Multinational Force & Observers, or MFO.
The ceremony held at the downtown Plaza de Bolivar was attended by members of the military high command and relatives of the soldiers on a mission to replace the 189 troops now stationed in that Middle Eastern territory.
Gen. Mejia noted the role played by Colombia Battalion No. 3 in the Sinai and the responsibility that now falls to every one of the officers and noncommissioned officers making up the current mission.
He added that the Colombian army makes up part of a task force that not only looks out for “multidimensional security” but for “the progress of democracy around the world.”
The Multinational Force & Observers on the Sinai Peninsula is made up of troops from a number of countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the United States, Norway, France, Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Uruguay, Canada, Hungary and Colombia.
The MFO’s mission is to supervise the cease-fire signed between Egypt and Israel in 1979.
The peninsula was occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967 and returned to Egypt as a condition of the 1978 Camp David Accords promoted by Washington.