First Female Commander of a UN Peacekeeping Force

Last updated: 8/12/2014 // Norwegian Major General Kristin Lund signed the hand-over document at the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus headquarters yesterday. Lund is now the first ever female commander of a UN peacekeeping force.

Monday August 11th Major General Kristin Lund replaced  Major General Chao Liu as commander of about 1,000 peacekeepers in Cyprus. The Security Council established the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in 1964 to contribute to a return to normal conditions following violence and bloodshed between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

In Cyprus, Major General Lund is commanding a force which over the years has rotated through more than 150,000 troops. UN troops supervise the cease fire lines established in 1974, and maintain control over the buffer zone dividing the island.

The Norwegian Major General has had a distinguished military career with over 34 years of military command and staff experience at national and international levels. Major General Lund has served in Lebanon, the first Gulf war, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

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