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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, a Spanish national as Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping operation (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon. He served at (UNIFIL)from December 2008 to April this year as Sector East Commander.

He succeeds Major General Claudio Graziano of Italy, whose tour of duty is slated to end on 28 January 2010 after three years.

Major General Asarta Cuevas will leave his role as Adviser to the Chief of Staff of the Spanish Army to take up his new post at UNIFIL.

Major General Asarta Cuevas was also deployment in 2003 with international forces in Iraq as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the Spanish contingent.

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