The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was
established on 31 May 1974 and it is a great honor for me to assume the
leadership of this UN mission on the 15 March 2016 at a very challenging period
in UNDOFs existence.
I would like to acknowledge the professionalism of the people
in UNDOF who are the forces greatest enabler and asset in ensuring the force
continues to be effective in achieving its mission in a manner that reflects
the highest values of the United Nations.
The Observer Group Golan deserve acknowledgement for their
highly effective contributions. OGG has proved to be a very important asset to
the mission and continues to remain a critical component of UNDOF’s operation.
UNDOF is very appreciative of the efforts of the National Staffs
from both sides who have been our hosts and have accepted and supported the
UNDOF mandate in good faith for more than four decades. It is essential that
UNDOF maintains impartiality and upholds the highest UN values which compliments
integrity and is critical to maintain the confidence of our hosts.
Moving from reconfiguration to redeployment phase will present
many challenges ahead which will require knowledge, experience and skill. I
would like to thank all contributing countries for their continued support and
for providing professional woman and men of immense talent to serve in
the Golan. The situation in our area of operation continues to be very fluid;
therefore we need to be very vigilant, alert and ready to deliver optimum
effort in the performance of our duties. UNDOF has adopted the ‘One
Mission, One Team, One Goal’ motto to align personnel to the implementation of
its mandate, in monitoring the 1974 cease fire agreement. I would like to
reinforce this motto and build its foundations to ensure that all personnel are
focused on UNDOF’s objectives.
I am very appreciative of the welcome and greeting I have
received since my arrival in UNDOF and I am focused on providing the strategic
guidance and operational leadership to ensure that UNDOF continues to be
effective in implementing its mandate while always maintaining a strong focus
on the safety and security of all UNDOF personnel.
As your Force Commander I look forward to working with you to
enhance peace and security in the Golan.