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Pande denied UN force commander post again

KATHMANDU, DEC 18 -

The Nepal Army’s efforts to secure a senior military position for Maj Gen Pawan Bahadur Pande at the UN failed for the second time last week following the appointment of a Ghanaian general as the force commander in South Sudan. Pande, the director general of Military Operations, was contesting for the post of force commander at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). In a delayed announcement of the appointment, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last Tuesday appointed Maj Gen Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana to the post.

The Defence Ministry spokesperson was not available for comments. However, a source at the Army Headquarters said they were ‘disappointed’ at the decision. “Being the seventh largest troops contributing nation to the UN, we were optimistic about the appointment. We had fielded a competent and qualified candidate,” said a general seeking anonymity.

Last year, Pande made an attempt for the post of force commander of the United Nations Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). The post went to a Bangladeshi general.

Senior NA generals have not been appointed as force commanders in UN missions since the appointment of Maj Gen Paban Jung Thapa in Sudan in 2008.

 

Posted on: 2012-12-19 08:34


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