A hero in general

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 March, 1993, 12:00am

I HAVE been impressed by the high standard of quality and honesty of your newspaper during my time in Hongkong.

I am all the more surprised to find a regrettable omission in an article headlined ''UN General rescues 700 in siege town'', (Sunday Morning Post, March 21).

In the report an unidentified writer tells the story of a military officer who accomplished a splendid act of courage and put his life at stake to rescue Bosnian civilians trapped in the sieged city of Srebrenica.

This article contains, among others, the testimony of a Belgian captain and a British colonel, and mentions the role played by a Canadian ambulance, but the actual nationality of the UN general remains a mystery.

I am happy to inform your readers General Philippe Morillon is, well, French, and furthermore that he is the commander-in-chief of the UN troops in the former Yugoslavia, which is all the more justified by the fact that the French contingent is the largest and the most exposed.

It gives me the opportunity to remind whoever could be interested that France is at present the country contributing the most to peace-keeping operations led by the UN, with a total of about 10,000 troops between Lebanon, Somalia, Bosnia, Croatia and other places.

I am convinced this omission was involuntary and I am happy of this opportunity to bring my contribution to your mission of information. LAURENT AUBLIN Consul General of France


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