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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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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.

Mr. Gudgeon began his work with the MFO on 19 October 1984, first as General Counsel and after 16 July 1988 as Deputy Director General. During the course of his career, he ably advised and supported six MFO Directors General in the effective management of the organization, the conduct of its mission, and the fostering of peace between Egypt and Israel. His profound understanding of those founding documents was invaluable in establishing the MFO’s role and its policies on a wide range of matters, ensuring the efficient functioning of the organization and guiding the MFO as a fair and impartial arbiter of the peace. His steadfast leadership helped to reshape and guide the MFO Force in Sinai through profound changes in the security environment and to ensure continued effective monitoring of compliance with the Peace Treaty. Mr. Gudgeon’s encyclopedic knowledge of the MFO and his deep-seated belief in the value of its mission, together with his engaging humor and warm personality, earned the respect and friendship of the Treaty Parties and were vital to communicating the ongoing importance of the MFO’s mission and sustaining international political, military, and financial support.