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Nov 20, 2020

In Memoriam: A message from the Director General

As we mourn the loss of our seven colleagues and pray for the rapid and full recovery of an eighth, it has been reassuring to know that we are not alone in our grief.

Nov 12, 2020

In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the loss on November 12, 2020, of seven of our uniformed military colleagues from three countries who died in a helicopter crash during a routine mission. This included one Czech, one French, and five U.S. MFO members, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these soldiers at this difficult time. We wish the one U.S. MFO Member who survived the crash a speedy recovery.

Nov 5, 2020

In Memoriam: Ashraf Mobariz 1962 to 2020

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved colleague, Mr. Ashraf Mobariz, who died on November 5, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. For over 32 years Ashraf’s remarkable creativity, courage, determination, and charm strengthened the peace between Egypt and Israel. As a peacemaker and colleague, he was exceptional. We will miss him greatly.

Jun 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFO remains actively engaged with the Treaty Parties, Egypt and Israel, and receives the full cooperation necessary to carry out our mission, including our monitoring and verification operations.

Mar 16, 2020

Japanese Supplemental Contribution to the MFO

For a sixth consecutive year, Japan has generously agreed to provide the MFO with supplemental funding in support of urgent needs. This year’s contribution, amounting to $1,489,363, will be used to relocate MFO Remote Site 5 inside our air terminal and to upgrade the combined facility.

Mar 9, 2020

Germany to Contribute Supplemental Funding to the MFO in 2020

The MFO is pleased to announce that Germany has again agreed to generously contribute supplemental funding to the MFO.

Jan 31, 2020

Retirement of MFO Deputy Director General K. Scott Gudgeon

On 31 January 2020, MFO Deputy Director General K. Scott Gudgeon retired after nearly 35 years of service to the MFO. On that date, the MFO Director General presented Mr. Gudgeon with the MFO Distinguished Service for Peace Award, the highest honor the MFO can confer.

Dec 3, 2019

MFO Change of Command

Major General Evan Williams of New Zealand assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai from Major General Simon Stuart of Australia on 1 December 2019.

 

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Dec 3, 2019

MFO Change of Command

Major General Evan Williams of New Zealand assumed command of the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai from Major General Simon Stuart of Australia on 1 December 2019.

 

The ceremony was presided over by the MFO’s Director General, Ambassador R. Stephen Beecroft, with dignitaries in attendance from Egypt and Israel, the Parties to the Treaty of Peace, as well as from MFO Supporting States, including representatives from New Zealand and Australia.


During the Change of Command Ceremony, Ambassador Beecroft thanked Major General Stuart for his service to the MFO since March 2017 and presented him with the MFO’s Distinguished Service for Peace Award, the MFO’s highest honor. It was awarded to Major General Stuart for his achievements in reorganizing the MFO’s structure and processes in Sinai, strengthening its crucial relationships with the Treaty Parties, and increasing consultation with regional UN organizations. He was also praised for superior leadership in driving change, encouraging engagement, ensuring safety of operations, and inspiring support.


Ambassador Beecroft also warmly welcomed General Williams and his wife, Kristin, to the MFO and expressed great confidence in General Williams’ leadership as the MFO’s thirteenth Force Commander.


In addition to New Zealand and Australia, previous MFO Force Commanders have come from Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway.