KATHMANDU, Feb 28: The Observer Group Lebanon (OGL), which is a part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), has changed its command. Commandant Peter Ott from Ireland handed over the command to Lt. Colonel Ram Kaji Thapa from Nepal during a ceremony in the UNIFIL Headquarters.
With the change in command, the new OGL chief, Lt. Col. Thapa, has taken charge of 53 unarmed officers from 20 different countries.
OGL observers support UNIFIL in maintaining the stability and calm in the Mission’s 1,060 square kilometer area of operation in south Lebanon. Operating under the overall leadership of UNTSO, their counterparts are also present in Israel and the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights. A group of observers remains in Sinai to maintain a UN presence in the peninsula.
Although OGL observers in Lebanon are under the UNTSO operational authority, they are under operational control of the UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander.
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary, Deputy Head of Mission Imran Riza, Lebanese Armed Forces Representative Brigadier General Hamdan Hajjar and UNTSO Deputy Chief of Staff Col. Petteri Kajanmaa were among the dignitaries who attended the event.