Lithuanian peacekeepers deployed to Ghowr marked Freedom Defenders' Day

Lithuanian peacekeepers deployed to Ghowr marked Freedom Defenders' Day



January 13, representational parade took place in the Chaghcharan camp of the Lithuanian-led Ghowr PRT-10 involving all Lithuanian military and civilians free of duty at the time. The formation was observed by foreign diplomatic and military personnel of the PRT.


Lithuanian troops heard the address of Commander PRT-10 Col. Gediminas Macijauskas, a witness of the events of January 1991, and of Deputy Head of the Lithuanian Special Mission Andrius Purvaneckas, who also performed duty for the Motherland at the Radio and Television Building on the fatal night.


Commemoration held at the club of the PRT camp proceeded with demonstration of a documentary movie about the January 1991 events, and a social eve of reminiscence and patriotic songs.


Lithuanian-led PRT headquartered in Chaghcharan, the capital city of Ghowr, took up responsibility for security in the province in June 2005. PRT is a joint military-civilian mission operating under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Its main task is to help Afghan Central Government extend its authority in the province, and to ensure security and environment suitable for provincial reconstruction.


Together with around 150 of Lithuanian military and civilian personnel representatives of Denmark, Georgia, Japan, the USA, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine provide security in Ghowr. PRT-10 is formed on the basis of the 1st Territorial Unit of the NDVF Dainava Military District.


PIO for PRT-10 1st Lt. Skomantas Povilionis
Picture by WO Lina Ambroževičiūtė