Indian Army general appointed commander of UN peacekeeping in South Sudan

Nepal has deployed 1,751 troops in the mission and Bangladesh 1,627

Arul Louis Jul 06, 2022
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Lt Gen. Mohan Subramanian has been appointed the commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. (Photo: DSSC)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Lt Gen. Mohan Subramanian as the commander of UN peacekeeping in South Sudan, the largest troop deployment in UN missions, Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric announced Tuesday.

Subramanian succeeds Lt Gen. Shailesh Tinaikar, also of India, as the force commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Dujarric said.

The mission set up in 2011 has 17,982 personnel, of whom 13,254 are troops, the most in the 13 current UN peacekeeping operations.

India has contributed 2,385 troops and 30 police personnel to UNMISS.

Rwanda is the top troop contributor to UNMISS with 2,643. Nepal has deployed 1,751 troops in the mission and Bangladesh 1,627. 

Subramanian was the commandant of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) appointed in February this year, according to its website.

The UN said that Subramanian was most recently the General Officer Commanding, Military Region Operational and Logistic Readiness Zone in Central India “contributing to the Army’s operational and logistic preparedness”.

He had earlier served in a UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone in 2000.

The Security Council created UNMISS to consolidate peace and security and later extended the mandate to protect civilians and help human rights monitoring and provision of humanitarian aid.

(SAM)

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