In a colorful parade mounted by the Nepalese battalion and attended by civilian and military authorities, MINURCAT force commander, Major-general El Hadji Mouhamadou Kandji, presented medals to 567 Nepalese soldiers and one staff officer from Pakistan, after completing a six-month of service in the force.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) in Chad have developed a project for the rehabilitation of Iriba High School, the only one in the department of Kobé. It was built in 1996 as a donation from the Département des Hauts de Seine in France and has since then never been renovated. The UNVs decided to undertake the project as part of the UNV mandate to Volunteer for Development (V4D) in an attempt to remedy to the poor learning/teaching conditions of the students and teachers. Local authorities as well as the Inspector of Education of the department of Kobé welcomed the project and were wholly involved in its implementation. The rehabilitation project has finally reached completion and the high school will be inaugurated on 7 May 2010.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Central African Republic and Chad, Mr. Victor Angelo, left Chad on Friday, 26 March 2010. He leaves MINURCAT at a time when the United Nations is having discussions with Chadian authorities on the future of the Mission.
Mr. Angelo arrived in Chad on 7 March 2008 to be the Head of MINURCAT. He will be retiring on 1 April 2010, after 32 years of service within the United Nations System, of which 29 in Africa.
Assistant-Secretary-General Youssef Mahmoud has been named by the Secretary-General to assume the leadership of the Mission as Acting SRSG, starting 1 April.
MINURCAT recently trained another batch of 127 new DIS elements. During the closing ceremony of this training session, MINURCAT also donated 94 new Pick-Up trucks to this force that has been tasked with protecting refugees and IDPs in eastern Chad. Whereas the newly-formed DIS elements will reinforce the strength of the DIS, the newly-acquired 4X4 vehicles will help improve its effectiveness on the ground. Twenty (20) of these vehicles were escorted to Abeche on 13 March 2010, and the remaining will follow in subsequent batches. The current strength of the DIS stands at 764, including 71 elements stationned in N'Djamena.
Abeche, 15 March 2010 --In a symbolic but impressive show, MINURCAT celebrated in Abeche on 15 March 2010 its first anniversary since taking over from EUFOR. The occasion also served to mark the two years of MINURCAT’s substantive work since the establishment of the mission, and especially since the completion of the mission’s deployment in eastern Chad.
Following their meeting, an agreement was reached on a "technical rollover" of the mandate until 15 May 2010, which means a two-month extension of the mandate as it already existed. During the two months from 15 March to 15 May, further discussions will be held on the way forward to decide whether the mission will continue or withdraw. Mr. Le Roy returned to New York to seek Security Council approval for this two-month extension.
During his visit, Mr. Le Roy stressed there was full support for MINURCAT in the Security Council and said the Chadian authorities also recognized the positive work carried out by the mission in its Area of Operation.
N’Djamena, 24 Frebruary 2010 - Mr. Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Peacekeeping Operations, arrived in Chad on a five-day mission late in the evening of Wednesday, 24 February 2010. Mr. Le Roy arrived on board a commercial flight with a delegation of five people. He was met by a group of top MINURCAT officials led by the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Rima Salah.
On Thursday, the USG paid a courtesy visit to the French Ambassador, and was later briefed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Mr. Victor Angelo. At mid-day, Mr. Le Roy’s delegation, along with the SRSG and the DSRSG met with the Prime Minister of Chad and President Idriss Deby’s Special Representative to MINURCAT. More meetings were scheduled with Chadian authorities and MINURCAT staff during the rest of the afternoon.
The Human Rights section of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), in collaboration with the Cercle des ONG, the regional delegation of the Ministry of Human Rights and Promotion of Liberties, and the 5th Military Region, organized a ceremony on 12 February 2010 to commemorate the International Day of Child Soldiers at the Yahya Hissen Mardo Military camp of the Armée nationale tchadienne (ANT) in Abeche.
Mr. Mamadou Mountaga Diallo of Guinea is replacing Major-General Gerardo Christian Chaumont of Argentina as the new Chief of MINURCAT Police. General Chaumont left Chad in December last year after completing 16 months of service with MINURCAT. Mr. Diallo was appointed by the Secretary- General of the United Nations, and assumed
his duties as the new Chief of MINURCAT UN Police (UNPol) on 29 December 2009.
The Public Information Office of MINURCAT celebrated in Abeche on 15 December 2009 the inauguration of its first radio programmes in eastern Tchad, which will be transmitted by the Internews radio networks in the towns of Abeche, Goz Beida and Iriba. Internews is an NGO funded primarily by UNHCR, USAID, and with contributions from other donors.