Veteran UN peacekeeper passes away
Distinguished Indian General, Dewan Prem Chand, noted for his role in UN peacekeeping and who commanded the Indian regiment in the Congo, died in New Delhi on Friday at the age of 87.india Updated: Nov 09, 2003 14:49 IST
Distinguished Indian General, Dewan Prem Chand, noted for his role in UN peacekeeping and who commanded the Indian regiment in the Congo, died in New Delhi on Friday at the age of 87.
Lt Gen Prem Chand regarded his service to international peacekeeping as the major achievement of his career. In recognition for this, he was honoured the Param Vishisht Sewa Medal by the government and the UN Peace Medal from the world body.
He joined the Army in 1937, serving first with the Dorsetshire Regiment, later with the 10th Baluch and finally with the First Gorkha Rifles. He retired from the Army in 1967.
He was commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus where he served as Force Commander until 1976, steering UNFICYP through the political difficulties that led to the landing of Turkish troops on the island and its subsequent partition.
In 1980, Lt Gen Prem Chand served as UN Special Representative for Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and later Commander of the UN Force under UN Transition Assistance Group that assisted the independence of Namibia. He completed that assignment successfully in 1990 when he retired from the United Nations.
Born in 1916 in Muzzafargarh, Multan, his family home was in Lahore and after the partition, in Delhi. Later in life, he lived in Bhopal, Delhi and Mussoorie.