Pia appointed as EUPOL’s head of mission
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following approval by the Political and Security Committee in Brussels, Pia Stjernvall, current acting head of mission, has now been confirmed as the head of mission for EUPOL Afghanistan.
In a statement on Wednesday, the EUPOL quoted Pia as saying: “I am delighted and honored to be appointed as the Head of Mission at such a critical time in the development of civilian policing in Afghanistan, which is at the heart of the EUPOL mandate.”
She went on to say: “I am looking forward to working personally with the new Minister of the Interior together with a strong team of senior EUPOL advisers, who are now already starting their work meeting with Afghan counterparts, providing advice at the strategic level. There can be no peace in Afghanistan without a legitimate, trusted and respected civilian police service….. This is where EUPOL can play its part and where our focus will be until the end of 2016”
Pia Stjernvall is from Finland and was appointed as the Deputy Head of Mission for EUPOL Afghanistan in 2014. From the 1st of January 2015, she has been assigned as the Acting Head of Mission.
Pia has gained extensive experience in international work, concerning the situation in Afghanistan and Africa in particular. She has worked, for example, as Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Finland in Kabul.
She has extensive experience in conflict affected areas and was instrumental in starting Finland’s twinning cooperation with Afghanistan relating to UNSC resolution 1325.
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