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Australian Medical Support Force — Rwanda

Rwnda 44/95 Kigali, Rwanda 26 May, 1995


By Major Peter Seam an serving with the Australian Medical Support Force in Rwanda.

The dedication and professionalism of Australian Service men and women in Rwanda has been recognised with the presentation of the United Nations Medal for Service in Rwanda during a ceremony in the capital, Kigali.

Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIRII), Major General Guy Tousignant of Canada, helped present the UN Service Medal during a parade at the Miroplast Stadium.

He praised the efforts of the Australian contingent, particularly during the recent Kibeho crisis.

“There were frustrations, there were a lot of long hours where one could have doubts as to whether you were doing the right thing or not”, General Tousignant told the contingent.

“But there you were doing your best. Then the tragedy came along, and you were calm, professional and totally in charge of what had to be done”.

“Let there be no doubt that this type of event is what makes histories of distinction, where people deserve to be noted and deserve to be singled out".

“And from where I’m coming from as your force commander, AUSMED (the Australian Medical Support Force) needs to be singled out, that is every member of the Australian contingent", General Tousignant said.

Before the parade, General Tousignant visited the Australian ward at Kigali Central Hospital, where he presented medals to six Australians who were patients in the hospital, including Corporal Milan Nikolic. who was recovering from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident

a few days earlier.

A second parade will be held on June 23 for members of the contingent who were on duty or relief out of country during this presentation.


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NEWS EDS/CHIEFS OF STAFF: VISION of the parade, including General Tousignant’s speech. Ghurkha band support and many Rwandese children watching available for this story. STILLS of General Tousignant presenting Corporal Nikolic’s medal in hospital also available. Please contact Lisa keen, mobile phone: (018) 628 452.


Australia: Major Darren Grevis-James at Defence Public Relations in Canberra on (06) 265 2376 (w); (06) 287 1166 (h); (018) 632 657 (mobile); (06) 269 0222 #131176 (pgr).

Rwanda: Major Peter Seaman, Australian Medical Support Force Public Relations Officer: 0011-250-10008 (ph) 0011-250-10000 (fax).