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Woman to lead UN peacekeepers for first time


For the first time, a woman will command a UN peacekeeping force, after Norway’s Major General Kristin Lund was appointed to lead troops in Cyprus.

Maj Gen Lund, 55, has a distinguished military career going back 34 years and including postings in Lebanon and Afghanistan, a UN statement said.

She will replace China’s Major General Chao Liu on 13 August.

In Cyprus, she will command 996 soldiers and police officers as well as 149 civilian staff.

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