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UN’s Guterres appoints new UNISFA Force Commander

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Ethiopian peacekeepers in Abyei on 14 August 2016 (UNISFA photo)
April 4, 2018 (JUBA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres Wednesday appointed Ethiopian Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

"Woldezgu succeeds Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia who will complete his assignment on 23 April 2018," reads a statement released by the UN.

"The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication and invaluable service and effective leadership of UNISFA," it further said.

The new UNISFA head, as the director of Ethiopian defence ministry, participated in the border issues with the neighbouring countries and fully involved in force preparations, planning and deployment of Ethiopian forces for international and regional peacekeeping operations.

Since 2008, he served as the Director of the Ethiopian Ministry of National Defence, he was also a Division Commander (1999-2008) and Mechanized Deputy Division Commander (1995-1998).

The 55-year major-general holds a Master’s Degree from the Ethiopian Civil Service University.

The U.N. Security Council on 27 June 2011 approved a resolution authorizing the deployment of 4,200 Ethiopian troops to Sudan’s disputed Abyei region for a six-month period.

The UNISFA has the authority to use force in self-defence and to protect civilians and humanitarian aid, but UNISFA mandate does not call to monitor compliance with human rights laws, as most peacekeeping forces do.

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  • 5 April 2018 07:27, by Lenin Bull

    UN is playing with intelligence of the Great People of South Sudan. This is indirect way of giving Sudan free hand in affairs concerning Abiei because Sudan and Ethiopia are neighbors and they have signed secret military pact/agreement to help each in case of aggression! This means it is Sudan secretly controlling UNISFA. Why has UNISFA Force Commander post become a preserve of Ethiopia alone?

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  • 5 April 2018 07:33, by Lenin Bull

    Why has UNISFA force Commander post become and exclusive preserve of Ethiopia alone in the whole wide world in the UN set in New York? Neutrality and common sense call and dictate that it would be better to have force commander from far away region like Southern or Western Africa, or Asia, or Europe or America! No wonder why Sudan militia with backing from terrorists in Khartoum

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  • 5 April 2018 07:37, by Lenin Bull

    Kill innocent Abiei civilians and UNISFA does nothing since its inception in 2011. To what good is UNISFA anyway. It is just UN fooling Africans and sneaking itself stealthily back into Africa for neocolonialism. This is clear with MONUC in DR Congo, UNMISS in South Sudan, UNMIL in Liberia, etc. Africans are being bullied by UN indirectly and it requires intelligent to discern it.

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