UN Chief Appoints Filipino General to Lead Peacekeeping in Golan Heights
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named a Filipino general as the new Force Commander for the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Golan Heights, tasked with observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the region.
Last month, the Security Council extended the mandate of UNDOF – established in May 1974 following the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces after the 1973 war – to run until 30 June 2010.
The Secretary-General voiced his gratitude to Maj.-Gen. Jilke for his outstanding service and leadership of 1,040-strong force over the past three years.
Maj.-Gen. Ecarma will bring extensive experience to his new UN command. Prior to his present assignment as Deputy Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps and Concurrent Commander of Marine Forces in the southern Philippines, the General served as Combat and Service Support Brigade Commander and Marine Brigade Commander.
Document Type: French text, UN news item
Document Source: Department of Public Information (DPI), United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), United Nations News Service
Source Country: Philippines
Subject: Golan Heights, Peacekeeping, Security issues
Publication Date: 01/02/2010