United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea

November 2001 to June 2003

In 1998 a border dispute erupted in conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea. An agreement brokered by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1999 fell apart and fighting resumed in May 2000. Another agreement reached in July 2000 committed both countries to the cessation of hostilities and pledged both to call on the United Nations, in co-operation with the OAU, to establish a peacekeeping operation.

UNSCR 1312 outlined the UNMEE (United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea) mission with 100 military observers. Following a report by the UN Secretary General in August a new Resolution was passed which expanded the mission to 4,200 military personnel, including 200 observers.

The Defence Forces contributed a 200-strong Guard & Administration Component to the mission from November 2000 until June 2003.

The unit was responsible for providing security for UNMEE Force HQ, the Staff Officers' Camp, and the Irish base, Camp de h-Áde, as well as carrying out convoys and recce patrols.

Operational Details
Duration November 2001 to June 2003
Operation type UN led Peacekeeping Operations (Troops)
Commitment 630 cumulative missions

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