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首位女性联合国维和部队最高军事指挥官

2014-05-14    来源:新华网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Kristin Lund becomes first female UN peacekeeping force Commander

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Monday named Major General Kristin Lund to take command of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus. The Norwegian commander will be the first female to command a UN force.

Lund, 56, will replace Major General Chao Liu of China on Aug. 13, who has led the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) since 2011.

Ban pays tribute to Major General Liu's service with UNFICYP, where his dedication, professionalism and leadership greatly contributed to United Nations efforts, UN spokesperson's office said in announcing the appointment of Lund.

"I congratulate Major-General Kristin Lund on her appointment as the new Force Commander of our peacekeeping operation in Cyprus. Today, she makes history at the United Nations," said the UN chief at a photo opportunity with Lund.

Ban added that "in our six and a half decades of UN peacekeeping operations, we have had scores of male force commanders but she is our first woman in that position." Lund said she was "very pleased and proud" to get the assignment.

Lund became the first female officer promoted to the rank of major general in Norway in 2009 when she was appointed Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Home Guard. In 2014, she was appointed to the Norwegian Defense Staff as head of Veteran Affairs. She was deployed with the UN in Lebanon in 1986 and was also involved with other UN missions.

The UN has maintained UNFICYP in Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal tensions. It is now a force of 930 soldiers and 66 police.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when the Turkish military intervened and occupied the island's north following a coup by a group of Greek officers.

相关新闻:联合国秘书长潘基文12日宣布,任命挪威少将克丽斯廷·伦为联合国驻塞浦路斯维和部队(联塞部队)最高军事指挥官,她由此成为联合国历史上首位担任维和部队最高军事指挥官的女性。

克丽斯廷·伦将于今年8月接替从2011年1月起担任这一职位的中国少将刘超。联合国秘书长发言人办公室的通报说,潘基文就刘超在担任联塞部队最高军事指挥官期间的奉献精神、专业水准及领导能力向他表示敬意。

潘基文当天与克丽斯廷·伦共同会见记者时说,在联合国维和活动60多年的历史上,曾有过几十位男性维和部队最高军事指挥官,但伦是第一位担任这一职位的女性。

克丽斯廷·伦出生于1958年,有多年军事指挥经验。2009年,她成为挪威首位女少将。她还曾在联合国驻黎巴嫩临时部队任职。

联塞部队于1964年成立,当时的使命是防止希腊族和土耳其族之间的冲突再度爆发。1974年以后,这支维和部队的使命范围有所扩大,目前承担着监督停火、维护缓冲区和进行人道主义救援等职责。

当天,潘基文还宣布任命来自加拿大的金·博尔达克接替魏斯布罗德-韦伯,担任联合国秘书长西撒哈拉问题特别代表兼联合国西撒哈拉全民投票特派团团长。(新华网)



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