The United Nations Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir of Bangladesh as the Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
SASG Eide: Good afternoon. We’ve had a thorough and very constructive meeting with the United Nations Security Council, both on the UNFICYP Mission, under the auspices of the Special Representative, Ms. Spehar, and on the Good Offices Mission, which I lead.
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UNFICYP joined the wider UN family on 30 May 2016 to mark the International Day of Peacekeepers (officially commemorated on 29 May), when we pay tribute to the men and women who have paid the ultimate price in the service of peace under the UN flag.
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