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02:25:15, Sunday, 28 Aug 2016
UNDOF COS Col o Jone Kalouniwai welcomes the new UNDOF Deputy Force Commander Brig Gen Koskela in Camp Ziouani on the 17th of June 2016.
UNDPKO Delegation Visit

A seven (7) member delegation from the Department of Peacekeeping Operation in New York visited UNDOF on the 2nd to the 10th of August 2016. They started their tour on the Bravo-side and arrived on the Alpha-side on the 5th of August.

During their stay on the Alpha side, the delegation were briefed by the Observer Group Golan at Camp Ziouani and were taken on a line tour to the UN outposts along the Alpha-line.

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Japanese Delegation Visit

Mr. Masahisa SATO, the Chairman of Japan's committee on National Security inspects the Fiji Battalion Quarter-Guard on the 25th of July at Camp Ziouani. Mr. Sato was the Commander of the 1st Japanese Transportation Unit of Japan's Self Defence Forces during his initial deployment to UNDOF as part of the Logistic Battalion in 1996

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Brigadier-General Mauri Tapani Koskela from the Finnish Armed Forces has been appointed as the new UNDOF DFC and arrived with his MA Major Keskinen on the 17 Jun 2016 early this morning at Camp Ziouani.

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Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland led an eighteen (18) member Irish delegation to visit UNDOF on the 22th of December 2015. Other members of the delegation included Mr. Simon Coveney T. D. Minister for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe T. D. Minister for State (Defence) and Vice Admiral Mark Mellet, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces.

The purpose of their visit was to meet with the Irish troops stationed here in UNDOF and to gain an appreciation of the challenges faced, and the capabilities delivered by the Irish personnel.

The delegation also wanted to meet with the mission leadership in order to develop and understand of the operational challenges and opportunities for Middle East peace operations, and how Ireland’s role in UNDOF can continue into the future.

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Brigadier-General (Brig.Gen) Randell Ogden, Deputy Director Joint Staff J5 (Global Policy and Partnerships) led a six (6) member USA delegation to visit UNDOF on the 4th of November 2015.

The purpose of their visit was to engage senior leadership in order to understand operational challenges and opportunities for Middle East peace operations, foster cross talk with senior U.S and UN military leaders and also to refine understanding of regional dynamics and the role of UN operations.

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Force Commander MFO Major General Denis Thompson led a five (5) member MFO delegation to visit UNDOF and UNTSO from the 21st to the 22nd of OCTOBER 2015. The purpose of their visit is to conduct a familiarization tour of UNDOF, and develop regional information sharing relations.

The UNDOF hosted the visit of the MFO delegation on Alpha Side in order to increase the MFO’s Situation Awareness (SA) of the UNDOF’s Area of Operation (AOR), and develop information sharing lines of communication.

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