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Bangladesh to get ‘Force Commander’ soon: UN

Discussion in 'Bangladesh Defence Forum' started by The Ronin, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. The Ronin

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    The United Nations (UN) military advisor (MILAD), Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey, has given the assurance that they will appoint a force commander from the Bangladesh Army soon to work in peacekeeping missions abroad. The UN military adviser gave the assurance when the Chief of the Army Staff of Bangladesh, General Aziz Ahmed, met him at his office at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

    Lt. Gen. Loitey handed over a letter appointing Chief of Force Generation of UN peacekeeping missions from the Bangladesh Army to the Bangladesh Army chief. A Colonel-level military officer, for the first time, will get the opportunity to work in peacekeeping missions abroad as Chief of Force Generation.

    He congratulated the Bangladesh Army for helping to assist the forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar in 2017. Later, the Bangladesh Army chief met the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support, Lisa M Buttenheim. at her office.

    She assured him that Tk. 250 crore, out of total dues of Tk. 500 crore, would be paid soon. Rest of the amount would be paid within the shortest possible time. The General also met the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, at his office.

    During the meeting, the Bangladesh Army chief urged more deployment of troops from the Bangladesh military for peacekeeping missions abroad, whose mother tongue is French.

    Bangladesh is currently the second-largest troop-contributing nation for peacekeeping missions abroad. At present 6,359 UN peacekeepers from the Bangladesh Army, Navy and the Air Force are deployed in eight ongoing UN peacekeeping missions in eight countries.

    Within that, more than 5,500 personnel from the Bangladesh Army are now deployed in various contingents or as Staff Officers/Military Observers in nine peacekeeping missions.

    The Bangladesh Navy has its ships and water crafts deployed in UNIFIL (Lebanon) and UNMISS (South Sudan). The Air Force has its helicopters and fixed wing aircraft in MONUSCO (DR Congo) . A good number of officers from the Bangladesh Armed Forces are also working in UNDPKO as well.

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