Swedish Maj.General named to head UN observer force in India and Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS, June 8 (APP): UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon has
appointed Major General Per Lodin of Sweden as Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which monitors the ceasefire in disputed Jammu and Kashmir, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

General Lodin succeeds Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana,
who completes his two year assignment on July 2. “The Secretary General is grateful to Major General Sakyi for his contribution to United Nations Peacekeeping,” the spokesman said.

With a military career in the Swedish Army beginning in 1978, Major
General Lodin most recently held the position of Director of Procurement and Logistics for the Swedish Armed Forces. Previous to this he was the Deputy Director of the National Armaments for Sweden (2012 2014).

General Lodin also served as Director of Strategic Planning and
Development (2008), Head of Strategies, Research and Development and Business Development (2007) and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Swedish Armed Forces (2005 2006).

General Lodin is a member of the Swedish Academy of Military Science.
He holds a diploma from the Graduate Institute of International studies based in Geneva and attended the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders course in 2015.

UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
The group, based in Rawalpindi, is composed of 44 military observers,
supported by 25 international civilian personnel and 47 local civilian staff.