Press Releases

    SG/SM/9533
    13 October 2004

    Secretary-General Saddened by Death of Major-General Lalit Mohan Tewari of India, Former UN Force Commander in Lebanon

    NEW YORK, 12 October (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Major-General Lalit Mohan Tewari (India).

    From 17 August 2001 to 17 February 2004, General Tewari served with distinction, as the Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).  Earlier during his career, General Tewari served as the Chief Military Observer of the Observer Group in Costa Rica within the United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA) in 1990-1991.

    General Tewari’s long career of honourable service is a credit to both his country and to the United Nations.  The Secretary-General offers his deepest condolences to the Government of India, the Indian Armed Forces and General Tewari’s family and friends in this most difficult time.

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