Change of Command at TIPH

On the 25th of March 2013 Police Commissioner Christine Fossen, from Norway, is replacing Brigadier General Oddvar Midtkandal Head of Mission for the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). Mr. Oddvar Midtkandal leaves the Mission after serving one year and 2 months as Head of Mission. Mrs. Christine Fossen has a long experience in law and Police work in Norway

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The Norwegian TIPH Coordinator togther with Mr. Oddvar Midtkandal and the New Head of Mission Ms. Christine Fossen

On the 25th of March 2013 Police Commissioner Christine Fossen, from Norway, is replacing Brigadier General Oddvar Midtkandal Head of Mission for the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). Mr. Oddvar Midtkandal leaves the Mission after serving one year and 2 months as Head of Mission. Mrs. Christine Fossen has a long experience in law and Police work in Norway

She will lead a group of 68 civilian observers from six countries (Denmark, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey), observing and reporting in Hebron

She is aiming at working in close cooperation with Palestinian and Israeli counterparts, as well as with the municipal authorities and institutions in Hebron.

– I am very conscious of the magnitude of this challenging task however I am eager to continue to fulfil TIPHs mandate in the City of Hebron, says the new Head of Mission, Christine Fossen.

TIPH is a civilian observer mission in the West Bank city of Hebron. TIPH was called for during the Oslo peace talks by the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel to assist them in their efforts to restore normalcy to the city of Hebron.

The TIPH observes and reports on breaches of the agreements on Hebron, human rights and international humanitarian law. The reports are forwarded to and discussed with the Israeli and Palestinian authorities, as well as the six member countries of the TIPH.