Senegalese general picked to lead UN forces in DR of Congo

9 March 2005

A Senegalese general has been picked by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to command United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Lt. Gen. Babacar R. Gaye, who was educated in France and Belgium and is the current Senegalese ambassador in Germany, would replace Maj. Gen. Samaila Iliya of Nigeria as military chief of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).

General Gaye, a former chief of staff of the Senegalese Armed Forces, also previously served with the UN Emergency Force in Sinai from July 1974 to February 1975 and was a company commander with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in the south of the country from August 1979 to March 1980.


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