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UNFICYP's head at annual Chiefs of Mission meeting in NY
2005-03-18 11:54:18

Nicosia, Mar 18 (CNA) -- Zbigniew Wlosowicz, Chief of Mission of the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and Special Representative of the Secretary General in Cyprus is participating at the annual meeting of the 18 heads of UN peacekeeping missions beginning today in New York.

During the meeting the Chiefs of Mission will exchange experiences and opinions on integrating former combatants into communities and on their own management and accountability.

Sixteen heads of mission will attend the three-day meeting in Glen Cove, New York, while two missions will be represented by principal deputies.

''The conference provides an opportunity for the UN's senior field leadership to interact directly with each other and their counterparts from Headquarters, and provide a forum for an informal exchange of information and opinions on issues of common concern,'' UN spokesman Fred Eckhard has said.

They are also scheduled to discuss strengthening the management and accountability processes of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), as well as ways to create a clearer and more effective division of labour in complex, multidimensional peacekeeping operations.

They will also review disciplinary procedures and proposals.

The UN has instituted a zero-tolerance policy on sexual liaisons by civilian and military personnel during peacekeeping missions. Should a UN investigation of allegations find evidence of wrongdoing, the offenders are repatriated for disciplinary action by their home Governments.

Wlosowicz has been serving as UNFICYP Chief of Mission for more than four years and recently was appointed as Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus.

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