DPKO, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu visited UNDOF

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18 Feb 2013

DPKO, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu visited UNDOF

February 15, 2013 – The Director of Asia and Middle East Division in DPKO, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, visited UNDOF on Friday morning.

On her arrival, Ms Izumi was greeted with a Guard of Honor at the Parade Square, Camp Faouar, followed by an office call with the Force Commander UNDOF, MGen I.S. Singha. The distinguished guest was then provided with a detailed mission briefing by LtCol Robert Glanner, COO UNDOF, including development and appraisal of the situation inside UNDOF's Area of Responsibility. The VIP guest was then escorted to a line tour in convoy through the Area of Separation.

Focal points of the tour were UNDOF Positions 37 and 68 in AUSBATT and PHILBATT AORs as well as UNTSO Observation Posts 72 and 56. Before entertaining Ms Izumi to dinner in the Indian social club "Taj Mahal", Mr. Bernard Lee, CMS UNDOF gave her an all-out analysis of the situation in UNDOFs Area of Operation in a meeting attended by Political Affairs Officer Mr. George Zachariah.

In Damascus the high profile visitor has also met with the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, the Defense Minister, the Senior Syrian Arab Delegate and Mr. Mokhtar Lamani, Head of the Office of the UN-League of Arab States Joint Special Representative for Syria.

On Saturday, 16th February, Ms. Nakamitsu and Mr. Zachariah left UNDOF early in the morning and proceeded to the Lebanese border with up to date ideas about the situation in the Golan Heights mission.