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UN chief appoints Indian Army veteran Abhijit Guha as head of Hodeidah mission

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday (local time) appointed Lieutenant General (Retired) Abhijit Guha as the head of the UN mission in Hodeidah, Yemen.

Besides leading the UN Mission in support of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA), Guha will also assume the chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), tasked with redeploying forces of the Yemeni warring parties in accordance with their agreement, a statement from Guterres' office said.

Guha will succeed Danish Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, who served in these posts from January 31 to July 31, 2019.

Guha brings to this position 39 years of national and international military experience.

He served from 2009-2013 as the Deputy Military Adviser and the Military Adviser within the Office of Military Affairs of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, while also establishing the Office of Peacekeeping and Strategic Partnerships in 2013.

Previously he held a number of significant commands, staff and instructional appointments within the Indian Army including leadership of an Infantry Brigade and Infantry Division, and of the Mumbai Area.

He also previously served as a Military Observer as part of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia during 1992-3.

After his retirement from the Indian Army in 2013, General Guha served on the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping (2014) and the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (2015).

He has also led a number of United Nations' investigations and boards of inquiry in Africa and the Middle East.

Guha is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, the College of Combat, and the National Defence College, each in India.

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First Published: Fri, September 13 2019. 10:59 IST
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