Swedish peacekeeper to take over SLMM
Veteran Swedish military officer, Brigadier Ulf Henricsson, who
commanded the Nordic division of the European peacekeeping mission
in Bosnia during the Yugoslav war, will assume duties as the head
of the 60-member Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) with effect
from April 1.
Henricsson joined the Swedish military as an officer in 1969, worked
as general staff officer for six years before he was promoted as
battalion commander. He worked with the Swedish tank programme for
several years before being promoted as Brigade Commander in 1991.
1991-1994 he served as commanding officer of the Nordic Battle Group
in Bosnia. He then served as commander of the Swedish Eastern Division
until 1999, and later served two years as head of the European Commission
military department in Sarajevo, the capital Bosnia-Hercogovina.
2002, Brigadier Henricsson has been serving as the Head of the Department
for leadership at the Swedish National Defence College.
Although a Swedish national has been named as the head of the SLMM,
there will be no change in the composition of the truce monitoring
body with the Norwegian contribution being the biggest.
present, the SLMM consists of 16 members from Norway, 15 from Sweden,
12 from Denmark, 12 from Finland and five from Iceland. The monitoring
mission operates in the Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa
and Ampara districts. In addition, it maintains contact points in
Delft, Point Pedro, Muttur, Kilinochchi, Valachchenai and Akkaraipattu.
SLMM’s sea monitoring teams are stationed in Jaffna and Trincomalee
and they are kept on a stand by 24-hour service to join Navy patrols
and conduct on-the-spot probes.
SLMM also has an office in Kilinochchi to liaise with the LTTE while
its headquarters is situated in Colombo. Brigadier Henricsson will
be succeeding Brigadier Hagrup Haukland from Norway. Brigadier Haukland
is leaving the SLMM after serving as Chief of Staff from 2002 to
2004 and as Head of Mission from 2005.
spokesperson Helen Maria Olafsdottir said Brig. Haukland’s
decision to quit was his own as he felt he needed a change.