Swedish Gen new head of UNMOGIP

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

UNITED NA­TIONS—A Swedish gen­eral will be the new head of the United Na­tions mis­sion tasked with mon­i­tor­ing the cease­fire line be­tween India and Pak­istan in Jammu and Kash­mir.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Per Gustaf Lodin, 59, was ap­pointed by UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon as the Chief Mil­i­tary Ob­server and Head of Mis­sion for the United Na­tions Mil­i­tary Ob­server Group (UNMOGIP) in India and Pak­istan, the UN said. Maj Gen Lodin suc­ceeds Ma­jor Gen­eral De­lali John­son Sakyi of Ghana, who com­pletes his two-year as­sign­ment as Chief Mil­i­tary Ob­server and Head of Mis­sion for the UNMOGIP on 2 July.

With a mil­i­tary ca­reer in the Swedish Army be­gin­ning in 1978, Ma­jor Gen­eral Lodin most re­cently held the po­si­tion of Di­rec­tor of Pro­cure­ment and Lo­gis­tics for the Swedish Armed Forces. Pre­vi­ous to this, he was the Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Ar­ma­ments for Swe­den and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Swedish Armed Forces.

Ac­cord­ing to the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil man­date given in Res­o­lu­tion 307 of 1971, UNMOGIP ob­serves and re­ports on cease­fire vi­o­la­tions along and across the Line of Con­trol and the work­ing bound­ary be­tween the nu­clear-armed South Asian neigh­bours in Jammu and Kash­mir, as well as re­ports de­vel­op­ments that could lead to cease­fire vi­o­la­tions.

As of 31 March this year, UNMOGIP has 44 mil­i­tary ob­servers, 25 in­ter­na­tional civil­ian per­son­nel and 47 lo­cal civil­ian staff.—INP

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