Irish troops belonging to the United Nations forces in Southern Lebanon, UNIFIL, on Wednesday (17 March) celebrated St Patrick's Day at their base, Camp Shamrock, in Tibnin, Southern Lebanon.
SV Commander UNIFIL forces Lieutenant General William Callaghan presenting medals to troops (5 shots)
CU Irish soldier playing bagpipes
GV & CU General Callaghan addressing troops
SV Bagpipe band leads Irish troops in marchpast (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT FOR SHOT THREE:
CALLAGHAN: "Let me say, you are here to serve the cause of peace in Lebanon. It takes fortitude and courage to ensure, when the pressures are on, that one uses one's best efforts to make it continue. Inflammatory, provocative statements from any of the parties, based not on facts but on short-sighted self interest, do not serve the cause of peace. Naturally, the prevailing quiet in the area is not peace in itself, but surely it's a great opportunity towards that end, and deserves to be supported from all aspects."
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Background: Irish troops belonging to the United Nations forces in Southern Lebanon, UNIFIL, on Wednesday (17 March) celebrated St Patrick's Day at their base, Camp Shamrock, in Tibnin, Southern Lebanon. They staged a marchpast to the sound of bagpipes and received medals from the commander of UNIFIL, Lieutenant General William Callaghan, himself an Irishman. In a speech to the troops, General Callaghan called for restrained declarations on all sides in the conflict. About 600 of UNIFIL's 6,000 men are Irish. They include riflemen and reconnaissance groups equipment with armoured personnel carriers and heavy weapons. Their base at Tibnin is 10 kilometres north of the Israeli border in a predominantly Shi'ite part of the country. UNIFIL was sent to Lebanon in 1978 following an Israeli invasion of Southern Lebanon. The force is shortly to be strengthened with French troops.