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The Defence Forces is now accepting applications for General Service in both the Army and Naval Service.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Both Competitions will close on Sunday 22nd April 2018.


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Second United Nations Angola Verification Mission

July 1991 — September 1993

On May 1st 1991 the Angolan Government and UNITA rebels signed the 'Peace Accords for Angola', aimed at ending the lengthy civil war. An important aspect of the accords was the suspension of hostilities from May 15th.

Resolution 696 was adopted by the UN Security Council at the end of May establishing UNAVEM II

A number of joint commissions were established by the Angolan Government and UNITA to verify the implementation of the Peace Accords. Observers from UNAVEM II attended all meetings of these commissions. Their main function, however, was to observe the workings of joint Government/UNITA monitoring groups. These groups, consisting of equal numbers of monitors from both sides, were established in 50 locations where troops of the conflicting parties were to be assembled during the cease-fire.

UN Observers were also stationed at 12 other 'critical points' in the country and were tasked with regular patrolling of a number of other locations. The unarmed UNAVEM II personnel also assisted in the investigation and resolution of alleged violations of the ceasefire.

Irish participation with UNAVEM II came to an end in September 1993.

Operation Details
Duration 3rd July 1991 — 9th September 1993
Operation Type UN led Peacekeeping Operations (Observer)
Committment 18 Cummulative Missions

 Visit the Official UNAVEM website





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