Veteran Indian Officer Appointed by UN to lead its mission in Yemen

Veteran Indian Officer Appointed by UN to lead its mission in Yemen

Veteran Indian Officer Appointed by UN to lead its mission in Yemen 

New Delhi : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday appointed a veteran Indian Army official as the head of the world body's observer mission in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah.

Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha has been appointed as the head of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) and head of the UNMHA.

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The Secretary General's spokesman said in a statement said Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha will succeed Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, who served as RCC Chair and head of UNMHA from January 31 to July 31.

The Indian Army official is assigned to lead the UN oversight of a ceasefire agreement in Hodeidah. The truce went into effect in December after peace talks in Sweden between Yemen's government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who have been fighting each other since 2015.

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General Guha brings to this position 39 years of national and international military experience. He served from 2009-2013 as the Deputy Military Adviser and the Military Adviser within the Office of Military Affairs of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, while also establishing the Office of Peacekeeping and Strategic Partnerships in 2013, the statement said.

He also has the experience of serving as a Military Observer as part of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia during 1992-3.

General Guha, after his retirement from the Indian Army in 2013, served on the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping (2014) and the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (2015).

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He also has led a number of United Nations' investigations and boards of inquiry in Africa and the Middle East.

UNMHA was authorised for an initial period of six months to lead and support the functioning of the RCC. He was assisted by a secretariat staffed by UN personnel, to oversee the governorate-wide ceasefire, redeployment of forces and mine action operation.

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He was also authorised to monitor compliance of the parties to the ceasefire in Hudaydah governorate and the mutual redeployment of forces from the city of Hudaydah and the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef, and Ras Isa. He was tasked to work with the parties so that the security of the city and the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Isa is assured by the local security forces in accordance with the Yemeni law.

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