Norwegian general becomes the first woman Force Commander of UN

NEW YORK (CIHAN)- The first ever female Force Commander in the United Nations 65 year’s long peacekeeping history was announced today, by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He announced the appointment of Major General Kristin Lund of Norway as the Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

“I congratulate Major General Kristin Lund on her appointment as a new Force Commander of our peacekeeping operation in Cyprus. Today she makes history at the United Nations. In ours six and a half decades of UN peacekeeping operations, we had scores of male Force Commanders, but she is our first woman in that position.” – said Ban.

Major General Lund has over 34 years of military command and staff experience at national and international levels. As Brigadier General, she served as Deputy Commander of the Norwegian Army Forces Command from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, she was the first female army officer to be promoted to the rank of Major General and was appointed Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Home Guard.

Her previous experience with the United Nations includes service with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

Major General Lund has extensive experience in multinational operations, including deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Afghanistan.

Born in 1958, Lund is the first woman ever to serve as Force Commander in a United Nations peacekeeping operation.

Major General Lund will replace the outgoing Force Commander, Major General Chao Liu of China on 13 August 2014.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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