Asia

UNTEA — 21 August 1962 — 4 October 1962

In 1962, Indonesian forces invaded West Irian (the western half of New Guinea) as a result of a dispute with the Netherlands over the administration of the region. In August of that year two officers from 37 Infantry Battalion, who were serving in the Congo, were sent as observers to the mission which was formed - United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA).

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UNIPOM - 23 September 1965 — 22 March 1966

United Nations India Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM). This mission was established as an administrative adjunct to UNMOGIP when conflict occurred between India and Pakistan along the border between the two countries.

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UNGOMAP - 25 April 1988 — 15 March 1990

In 1982 the US, Soviets, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed the Geneva Accord, which effectively established the United Nations Good Offices Mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan (UNGOMAP), whose mission was to monitor and confirm the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in an agreed time frame.

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UNAMIC / UNTAC - 16 November 1991 - 15 November 1993

United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC) & UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). In October 1991 the Association of South East Asia Nations, the conflicting parties in the Cambodia signed the Paris Peace Agreement which included the establishment of (UNTAC). The UN Security Council passed UNSCR 791, establishing UNAMIC to assist in the process until UNTAC could be deployed.

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OSGA - December 1994 - July 1996

Completion of the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan led to the disbanding of UNGOMAP which was replaced by Office of the Secretary General in Afghanistan and Pakistan OSGA(P) (Office of the Secretary General in Afghanistan and Pakistan). This mission was intended to help the people of Afghanistan find their own solution to their problems. OSGA(P)'s Military Advisory Unit (MAU) comprised one officer from each of ten contributing countries. These officers were again drawn from UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation), UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force) and UNIFIL (United Nation Interim Force in Lebanon) and the first head of the MAU was Colonel Patrick Nowlan. The MAU advised the Personal Representative of the Secretary General and was also responsible for providing military expertise as required, and maintaining a continued assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan. Initially, the MAU operated in Islamabad and Kabul.  In 1994, OSGA(P) was renamed OSGA, and the headquarters was moved from Islamabad to Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Irelands contributed 2 cumulative missions.

UNSMA - July 1996 — October 1999

This mission was set up in December 1993 and continued until it was amalgamated with the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan (UNOCHA) in 2004. The purpose of the establishment of UNSMA was to encourage dialogue between the warring factions in Afghanistan, particularly the Taliban and the Northern Alliance. Ireland’s commitment of 2 personnel, started in 1996 and ended in 1999.

UNAMET - July 1999 — May 2004

The UN was asked to organise and conduct a referendum of the East Timorese. The UNAMET mission was established in June to monitor and implement the people's decision. The East Timorese overwhelmingly rejected autonomy within Indonesia, sparking mass killing and destruction by pro-Indonesian militias.

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