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UN Appoints Veteran Indian Officer To Lead Its Mission In Yemen

United Nations: Veteran Indian Military officer Lieutenant Common (retired) Abhijit Guha has been appointed by the UN chief as the pinnacle of the world physique’s observer mission within the strife-torn Yemen’s port metropolis of Hodeidah.

Guha was appointed on Thursday by UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres because the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) and head of the United Nations Mission to assist the Hodeidah Settlement (UNMHA).

He’ll succeeds Lieutenant Common Michael Lollesgaard, who served as RCC Chair and head of the UNMHA from January 31 to July 31, the Secretary Common’s spokesman stated in an announcement.

The Indian Military officer is tasked with main the UN oversight of a ceasefire settlement in Hodeidah. The truce went into impact in December after peace talks in Sweden between the Yemen’s authorities and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who’ve been preventing one another since 2015.

Guha brings to this place 39 years of nationwide and worldwide navy expertise. He served from 2009-2013 because the Deputy Navy Adviser and the Navy Adviser throughout the Workplace of Navy Affairs of the United Nations Division of Peacekeeping Operations, whereas additionally establishing the Workplace of Peacekeeping and Strategic Partnerships in 2013, the assertion stated.

He has additionally beforehand served as a Navy Observer as a part of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia throughout 1992-3.

After his retirement from the Indian Military in 2013, Common Guha served on the Professional Panel on Know-how and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping (2014) and the Excessive Degree Impartial Panel on Peace Operations (2015).

He has additionally led various United Nations’ investigations and boards of inquiry in Africa and the Center East.

The UNMHA was authorised for an preliminary interval of six months to guide and assist the functioning of the RCC, assisted by a secretariat staffed by UN personnel, to supervise the governorate-wide ceasefire, redeployment of forces and mine motion operation.

It was additionally authorised to watch compliance of the events to the ceasefire in Hudaydah governorate and the mutual redeployment of forces from the town of Hudaydah and the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Isa and to work with the events in order that safety of the town and the ports of Hudaydah, Saleef and Ras Isa is assured by the native safety forces in accordance with the Yemeni legislation.

By Yoshita Singh

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