10 January 2005

Major-General Randhir Kumar Mehta of India Appointed Military Adviser in Peacekeeping Department

NEW YORK, 7 January (UN Headquarters) -- The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Major-General Randhir Kumar Mehta of India as the new Military Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Major-General Mehta will take over from Major-General Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands, who has been appointed Division Commander in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo with the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).

Major-General Mehta has a distinguished career in the Indian army. He has held numerous national command and staff positions and served as a Sector Commander with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) from May 2000 to February 2001. The General has also been a member of India’s delegation in various peace talks.

He is a graduate of the National Defence Services Staff College, the Higher Command Course and the National Defence College. He holds Masters of Sciences and Philosophy degrees.

     He has been honoured by the President of India with the “Yudh Seva Medal” for gallantry in operations in Sierra Leone and the “Vishisht Seva Medal” for Distinguished Services of a High Order.

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