Secretary-General appoints Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay of Ethiopia Head of Mission, Force Commander of United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei


Biographical Note

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay (Ethiopia) as Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Lieutenant General Tesfay will be responsible for discharging the mandate of UNISFA, as contained in Security Council resolution 1990 of 27 June 2011, including monitoring and verifying the redeployment of all armed forces from the Abyei area, in accordance with the 20 June Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area.

Lieutenant General Tesfay brings to the position extensive command and field experience gathered during his distinguished military career with the Ethiopian National Defence Forces. Lieutenant General Tesfay has most recently occupied the position of Head of the Joint Training Department and has previously held a number of important command and staff appointments within the Ethiopian National Defence Forces, including commanding the Army Corps and serving as a member of the Defence Commanders Council.

Lieutenant General Tesfay has a Master of Business Administration and an additional master’s degree in security sector management.

Born in Ethiopia on 13 July 1958, he is married and has four children.

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