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Thai General honored for service in East Timor.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. John Moore, MP Minister for Defence


06 Oct 2000 MIN 276/00



Thai General Honoured for Service

in East Timor


The Minister for Defence, John Moore, today congratulated Thailand’s Major General Songkitti Jaggabatara who has received an honorary award for exceptional service in East Timor.

Major General Songkitti has been appointed an Honorary Member within the Military Division of the Order of Australia by Her Majesty the Queen.

General Songkitti was Commander of the Thai Task Force and Deputy Commander of the International Force East Timor (INTERFET).

"Major General Songkitti’s contribution to INTERFET, both in his capacity as Commander of Thai Task Force and as the Deputy Commander, was a significant factor in the overall success of the mission," Mr Moore said.

"He was an active Deputy Commander of the International Force East Timor who played a pivotal role in helping to establish and maintain the

solidarity, efficiency and goodwill of the multinational force."

Mr Moore also commended Major General Songkitti’s leadership of the Thai Task Force.

"While under his command, the Thai contingent led the way in reaching out to other coalition partners. This was of significant assistance in building the multinational force into a successful team. The Thai contingent also worked very hard to deliver much needed humanitarian assistance to the East Timorese and this contributed to the easing of tensions in East Timor."

"I would like to express to Major General Songkitti the gratitude of the Government of Australia and the Australian Defence Force for his exceptional service, and congratulate him on his honorary appointment," said Mr Moore.

The General received his insignia from the Governor-General, His Excellency the Hon. Sir William Deane AC KBE, at a ceremony at Government House, Canberra.

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