SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS LIEUTENANT GENERAL
YOHANNES GEBREMESKEL TESFAMARIAM
OF ETHIOPIA FORCE COMMANDER OF UNITED NATIONS MISSION
IN SOUTH SUDAN
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of
Lieutenant-General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam of Ethiopia as the Force
Commander for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Lieutenant-General Tesfamariam succeeds Major-General Delali Johnson Sakyi of
Ghana, who completed his assignment on 9 June 2014. The Secretary-General
is grateful for Major-General Sakyiís dedication and leadership in
Lieutenant-General Tesfamariam brings to the position 35 years of experience
with the Ethiopian National Defence Forces and the United Nations in
conflict-affected areas, including as the Head of the Peacekeeping Department
and Head of the Military Intelligence Department in the Ethiopian Ministry of
National Defence and as Commander of the Army Corps and the Government of
Ethiopia Commissioner for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and
Eritrea. Most recently, Lieutenant-General Tesfamariam served as the Head
of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for
Lieutenant-General Tesfamariam has a masterís degree in peace and security from
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
1960 in Tigray, Ethiopia, he is married and has three children.