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Filipino General Leads UN Peace Force in Golan Heights

Inquirer.Net, Cynthia Balana Posted: Feb 24, 2010

MANILAA Filipino three-star general has assumed command of the 1,050-strong United Nations Peacekeeping Force in the Golan Heights, following the approval of his appointment by the UN Security Council.

Major General Natalio Ecarma III was formally appointed on Monday by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as the new force commander and head of mission for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.

Ecarma will replace Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Jilke of Austria and will head what is considered to be one of the more established UN peacekeeping operation composed of troops from Austria, Canada, Croatia, India, Japan and the Philippines; 75 military observers; 39 international staff; and 105 local civilian staff.

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