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Australians serving in UN Force posted to Beirut

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MENS i\GL£4SE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1982 NO. 148/82


The Minister for Defence, Mr Ian Sinclair,

said today an Australian Army officer serving with the UN

Truce Supervisory Organization in the Middle East had been

posted to Beirut for about one week.

He is Captain D.E. Lewis, an infantry officer

from Perth, who has been serving.with UNTSO since January.

When Captain Lewis completes his tour of duty

he will be replaced by another Australian serving with

UNTSO, Captain G.E. Kratzmann, an engineer officer, who will

also remain in Beirut for about one week. Captain Kratzmann,

who comes from Tully, Qld, has been serving with UNTSO since


Mr Sinclair said: "The decision to post the two

men to Beirut follows a decision by the UN Security Council

to expand the number of UNTSO Military Observers in Beirut.

"Ten Australian Army officers are now serving with

UNTSO. Australia has been contributing personnel to the

300-man, 17-nation unit since 1956.

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"JJNTSO has performed a variety of peace-keeping

roles in the Middle East since it was established by the UN

in 1948. Its present task is to observe and report on truce

violations in Lebanon and the Syria-Golan Heights area,"

he said. 1

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