The UN Secretary General appointed the Brazilian General Marcos de S. Affonso da Costa to head the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Monusco. General Affonso da Costa, former Blue Beret, served on the UN Verification Mission in Angola, Unavem and on Brazilian missions in Peru and France. In the Brazilian Army, the general commanded the Cadet Preparatory School, the Jungle Infantry Battalion, the Mechanized Infantry, and other leadership positions. Replace General Costa Neves, who finished his term in late March.
Monusco has 13,000 members from 50 countries. Peacekeeping forces have been active in the African nation for several years, trying to pacify the east of the country, the target of clashes with armed groups and insurgents. General Affonso da Costa has been working on preparing the armed forces on site since 2019 and coordinating the military training of the Brazilian troops.
Marcos de S. Affonso da Costa, a graduate of the Agulhas Negras Military Academy, has a degree in administration and studied national defense in Paris, France, in particular the course in Politics, Strategy and Senior Management at the Center for High Military Studies, has a bachelor’s degree in military operations from the Officer Training School and a PhD in Military Science from Army Command and General Staff School. He also has a specialization in international armed conflict law from the Escola Superior de Guerra. Abroad, you will also visit the joint command and general staff of the Peruvian War College. (Javier Bonilla)
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