UN appoints Ishwar Hamal as head of UNDOF

NEW YORK: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Nepal’s Army Major General Ishwar Hamal as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

Major General Hamal will succeed Major General Shivaram Kharel, also of Nepal, who served as the Acting Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNDOF from June to October 2019. The Secretary-General thanks Major General Kharel for his dedicated service during this challenging period.

Major General Hamal has had a long career in Nepal’s Army since entering as an artillery officer in 1983. He served in a variety of assignments and held several command and staff officer appointments at various levels, including Infantry Brigade Commander, Director of Military Operations and Military Secretary at Army Headquarters.

Most recently, he served as the Commandant of the Nepali Army Command and Staff College and was Division Commander in the Mid-Eastern Division.

He has extensive United Nations peacekeeping experience, having served as a Military Observer with the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) from 2006 to 2007, and as a Nepalese contingent member in the United Nations Protection Force from 1993 to 1994.

Major General Hamal also served in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as a Battalion Chief Operations Officer in 2000 and as a Platoon Commander from 1990 to 1991.

Similarly, Rathi Krishnanarayan Singh Thapa, Force Commander of the Peace Corps in Iraq and Kuwait from 1979 to 1979, Rathi Viktor Shamsher Rana, Commander of Force in Cyprus from 19 to 9, and Sakhi Fauzdan of Fauzdan Fauzdan of Fauzdar, Fauzdar, Fauzdan, Fauzdar, Fauzdar. Since the beginning of the civil war since 2005, the UN has deployed troops from almost seven countries, including Nepal, to Golan Heights. The above commander will also be the commander of the force as well as the head of the mission.