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Accra, April 25, GNA – A memorial service has
been held in Israel for the late Major General Francis Vib-Sanziri, the Head of
Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
Maj Gen Vib-Sanziri was appointed by the
United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in October 2017 to head the
He was the former Director-General of the
National Disaster Management Organization from 2015 to 2017. Maj Gen
Vib-Sanziri, aged 62 passed away suddenly on Friday,19 April 2019 at Eilat,
A statement issued to the Ghana News Agency by
Flight Lieutenant Elizabeth Fadilatu Salifu, Press and Information Officer of
UNIFIL GHANBATT 85 said, the solemn ceremony which was held at Camp Ziouani was
graced by Ghana’s Ambassador to Israel, Mrs Hannah Ama Nyarko and other
Ambassadors from Nigeria, Zambia, Rwanda, Nepal, among other diplomats.
In her remarks, Ghana’s Ambassador to Israel
who was representing the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
extolled the virtues of the late General who was very professional and
dedicated to duty.
President Akufo-Addo in a condolence message
on his passing, noted that, Ghana had lost “a fine, dedicated, professional
military Officer, who served his country and the global community with
A 25-member delegation from Ghana Battalion 85
under the leadership of the Contingent Commander, Colonel John Lawluvi and the
Commanding Officer, Lt Col Fiifi Deegbe serving in the United Nations Interim
Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) took key part in the ceremony held in Israel.
The body of the late Maj Gen Francis
Vib-Sanziri draped in the UN flag was given the final honours of the last post,
followed by two minutes silence and the reveille.
There was also a wreath laying ceremony where
Ghana’s Ambassador to Israel, Mrs Nyarko laid a wreath on behalf of the
Government and people of Ghana.
Other key personalities at the ceremony also
laid wreaths for the departed Force Commander.
Other dignitaries at the memorial service
included, Major General Cheryl Pearce, the Force Commander of the United
Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), a delegation from the United
Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Senior UN military and civilian
staff, representatives from the Israeli Defence Force and other mourners from
Israel and Syria.
A similar memorial service will be held on
Friday, 25 April 2019 at Camp Faouar in Syria Arab Republic. The body of the
late General is due to arrive in Ghana on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for further