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New commander of Unficyp appointed

Major General Cheryl Pearce of Australia has been appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp), it was announced on Thursday.

She succeeds Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir of Bangladesh, who completed his assignment on October 6.

In 2016 Pearce was the Commander of the Australian Joint Task Force Group in Afghanistan providing training, advice and assistance to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces as part of Nato’s Resolute Support Mission.

Pearce was also the Australian Army’s Provost-Marshal and a military observer with the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor in 2002.

Born in South Australia, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of New England in Armidale, a Master’s in Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism from the Macquarie University in Sydney and a Master’s of Arts in Defence Studies from the Deakin University in Melbourne.

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