General from Ethiopia appointed Commander for the United Nations in South Sudan

Ethiopian Lt Gen. Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam as the Force Commander for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan
Ethiopian Lt Gen. Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam as the Force Commander for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Tuesday appointed the Ethiopian Lt Gen. Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam as the Force Commander for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Tesfamariam who served as the head of UN force for Abyei succeeds Major-General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana, who completed his assignment on 9 June 2014.

“Lieutenant-General Tesfamariam brings to the position 35 years of experience with the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the United Nations in conflict-affected areas,” said the UN spokesperson in a statement released on Tuesday.

The new UNMISS commander was the head of the peacekeeping department and head of the military intelligence in the Ethiopian defence ministry. He served as commander of the army corps and Ethiopia’s commissioner for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea…

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