The United Nations Security Council on Monday (November 12) approved the appointment of Major-General Ensio Siilasvuo of Finland as Commander of the U.
The United Nations Security Council on Monday (November 12) approved the appointment of Major-General Ensio Siilasvuo of Finland as Commander of the U.N. Emergency Force in the Middle East.
The 15 nation Council took the decision without debate in a session that lasted less than five minutes.
The Security Council President Mr. Peter Jankowitsch of Austria said that only The People's Republic of China dissociated itself from the decision.
U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim had nominated General Siilasvuo, the former Chief of Staff of the U.N. Truce Supervision Organisation.
Included with this production is Library film of Major-General Siilasvuo on a two day visit to Cairo in August 1970. He was then the United Nations Chief Middle East Observer. The visit came at time of accusations of ceasefire violations. After meeting Egyptian officials on August 20 1970 the Finnish General drove to on the Canal front to inspect observation posts.
SYNOPSIS: In August 1970 in Egypt, United Nations Chief Middle-East Observer Major-General Ensio Siilasvuo is greeted by an Egyptian Minister. It was a time of accusations of ceasefire violations. Now the Finnish General has a similar role to play in a time of even greater tension. On Monday he was confirmed as Commander of the U.N. Emergency Force in the Middle East after being nominated by Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.
Security Council President Peter Jankowitsch announced the decision.