Updated on 4 October 2015

Chapter 8:   SUBSIDIARY BODIES

Section 1:   Military Staff Committee

 

Military Staff Committee Liaison Officers

 

The Military Staff Committee Secretariat consists of the Principal Secretary/Liaison Officer and an administrative assistant.  The Principal Secretary/Liaison Officer rotates among nationals of the five Council members – China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – which are members of the Military Staff Committee.  For the duration of his/her appointment, the Liaison Officer is a UN staff member serving as an international civil servant.

 

The terms of the early Principal Secretaries/Liaison Officers were open-ended, with the first incumbent serving twenty consecutive years.  Then, by its MS/2130 of 16 July 1981, the Military Staff Committee decided that the post would rotate every five years.

 

A table of the Principal Secretaries/Liaison Officers to date is attached.

 

 

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