COAS Visit to MONUSCO and UNMISS

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Gaurav SJB Rana undertook a visit to United Nation Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) and United Nation Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) from August 31 to September 13, 2014. COAS Rana had led a five-member delegation to include Acting Defense Secretary Devendra Prasad Sitaula and Chief of Staff Lt Gen Pradip Bikram Rana. During his visit, COAS Rana took stock of NA peacekeepers’ situation and working ambiance in the DR Congo and South Sudan. Gen Rana held separate meetings with Special Representative of Secretary General (SRSG) for MONUSCO, Force Commander of MONUSCO and SRSG for UNMISS among other senior UN officials. The delegation had hold talks about various aspects relating NA peacekeepers and also interacted with military leaderships. COAS Gen Rana, as the Chief Guest, had pinned the honourable UN medals to the NA peacekeepers during the Medal Parade Ceremony of NEPBATT organized at Juba, South Sudan. A total of 1,048 NA troops are deployed in the DR Congo, while as many as 1,715 personnel are undertaking UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Continuing his visit, Gen Rana visited Kenya where he met his counterpart Gen (Dr.) Julius W Karangi, Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces. Training, participation in UN peacekeeping missions and other matters of mutual concerns were discussed. COAS Rana also visited National Defence College and International Peace Support Training Centre (IPTSC) in Kenya. As of now, two officer cadets from Kenya are undergoing training at the Nepalese Military Academy while one has already been commissioned as an officer and is currently serving back home. COAS Rana’s visit to mission areas was as a part of encouragement to NA peacekeepers who are deployed in the field.