Deputy Chief Military Observer visits UNMOs on the Field
Between 20 to 23 August 2017, Colonel Oriel Pangcog, Deputy Chief Military Observer (DCMO) of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), went on a four-day visit to two UN field stations in Domel and Rawalakot. During his visit, he held briefing sessions with the UN Military Observers (UNMOs), observed border crossings from Chakothi to Uri on the Line of Control (LoC), and participated in a field reconnaissance in Tolipeer, Rawalakot.
The DCMO said that these visits are a part of his regular monthly or bi-monthly activities to personally monitor and observe the situation in the area and to engage and show his support to the UNMOs.
On 20 August, the DCMO reached the Domel field station with his team. The next day, he held a briefing with UNMOs and went on a field visit to observe border crossing on the Line of Control (LoC) from Chakothi to Uri in Jammu and Kashmir region. Every Monday, locals cross the border to meet their relatives and families on the other side of the border. The crossing is monitored by UN peacekeepers.
On 22 August, the DCMO traveled to Rawalakot and had a briefing with the UNMOs in the evening. The next day, he carried out an area reconnaissance with the UNMOs in Tolipeer, Rawalakot district.
He said that area reconnaissance is a way for the UN to show their presence to the local population and interact with them. It also allows UNMOs to personally observe the situation in the area, gather information, inform to the United Nations and report objectively.