The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kurt Waldheim announced on Tuesday (4 October) that the UN's special envoy to Rhodesia will be Lieutenant General Prem Chand, a former commander of UN peacekeeping forces in the Congo and Cyprus.
1970: GV: Royal Scots Greys Pipe band marching past members of Grey's warning United Nations blue berets at Nicosia (3 shots)
SV PAN: Cyprus UN peace force commander Major General Prem Chand inspecting guard of honour with officer commanding 'C' Squadron Royal Scots Greys, Major, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent.
SV: General Chand presenting UN medals to members of Grey's including Duke of Kent. (3 shots)
1972: CU OF: UN peacekeeping force sign at UN camp Nicosia.
SV: ranks of UN troops.
SV: UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim getting out of car and greeted by Chand.
SV: Chand and Waldheim receive salute from guard of honour and inspecting same. (4 shots)
MVs: Chand and Waldheim inspecting guard of honour (4 shots)
General Chand now becomes the man responsible for liaising with British officials taking part in efforts to bring legal independence to Rhodesia under black majority rule. The Rhodesian Premier Ian Smith has already invited the UN representative and the British resident Commissioner designate Lord Carver, to confer with him in the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury. General Chand is expected in New York next weekend for consultations where it will be decided when he will go to Salisbury.
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Background: The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kurt Waldheim announced on Tuesday (4 October) that the UN's special envoy to Rhodesia will be Lieutenant General Prem Chand, a former commander of UN peacekeeping forces in the Congo and Cyprus.
SYNOPSIS: His tour of duty in Cyprus lasted for seven years. He arrived in 1969 and one of his duties the following year was to present UN medals to members of Britain's Royal Scots Greys who'd been serving with UN peacekeeping forces on Cyprus. Among those to receive the medal was the Officer Commanding 'C' Squadron Major His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent. The 'Greys' had been on Cyprus for six months.
In 1972, the three thousand strong peace-keeping force on Cyprus was visited by the Secretary General of the UN, Mr Kurt Waldheim, during talks aimed at reconciling the dissident Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities on the island. Neither Mr Waldheim nor General Chand could have guessed that two years later, the lightly armed peacekeeping force would be faced with an armed Turkish invasion.
General Chand was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1937. He was Commander of the US forces that restored peace in the Congo after the secessionist rebellion in Katanga in the early 60's.
He retired from the Indian Army in 1967 only to accede to the request two years later that he take over UN command in Cyprus. He resigned again in December last year. Now, aged 61, the man called the United Nation's most experienced peacekeeping is back in service.