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    Ban Ki-moon Names New Commander of UNDOF Between Syria and Israel

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    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named on Tuesday Major General Jai Shanker Menon of India a new commander of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Syria and Israel, the UN said in a statement.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — UNDOF is a peacekeeping mission on the Golan Heights that has been monitoring a ceasefire at the demarcation line between Israel and Syria after the two countries went to war in 1973.

    "Major General Menon succeeds Lieutenant General Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal, who will complete his assignment on February 7, 2016," the statement noted on Tuesday.

    According to the statement, Menon has previously served as military observer in the UN operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) in 1993 and in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 2007 to 2009.

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