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Major General Jai Shanker Menon appointed as UNDOF head

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Major General Jai Shanker Menon of India is appointed as the Head United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


About Major General Jai Shanker Menon

  • Major General Menon served as the Additional Director General (ADG) Equipment Management in the Indian Army.
  • Menon served as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of an Infantry Division of the Indian Army from 2012 to 2013.
  • He has also held authoritative posts as the Commandant of Regimental Training Centre.
  • Menon served as a Brigade Commander and a Battalion Commander in the Army.
  • He worked in the United Nations as a Military Observer in the UN Operation in Mozambique in 1993 and UN Interim Force in Lebanon from 2007 to 2009.

About United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

  • The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) was established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 350 on 31 May 1974.
  • UNDOF is a peace keeping organization.
  • It was set up to maintain the disengagement between the armed forces of Syria and Israel in Golan Heights.
  • It was established to implementResolution 338 (1973) which called for an immediate cease fire and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242.
  • The resolution was passed on the same day theAgreement on  Disengagement[ was signed between Israeli and Syrian forces on the Golan Heights
  • UNDOF has 947 personnel, 789 of them blue-helmeted troops, including 190 from India.