Details/Information for Canadian Forces (CF) Operation United Nations Preventive Deployment Force(UNPREDEP)

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International Information

International Operation Name: United Nations Preventive Deployment Force(UNPREDEP)

International Mission Name: United Nations Preventive Deployment Force(UNPREDEP)

Mandating Organization: United Nations

Region Name: Europe

Location: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Mission Date: 1 April 1995 - 4 December 1997

Mandate:

To monitor and report any developments in the border areas which could undermine confidence and stability in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and threaten its territory.

Supported by UNSCR 983(1995), 1082(1996),1142(1997), 1110(1997), 1140(1997)

Mission Notes:

The United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) came into existence in March 1995 when the Security Council set up successor missions for the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the territories of the former Yugoslavia, including the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

The United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was the first mission in the history of the United Nations to have a preventive mandate: to prevent disputes from turning into serious conflicts by using a variety of means including troop deployment, mediation, negotiation, conciliation and other peaceful means.

UNPREDEP's mandated task was to monitor and report any developments in the border areas that could undermine confidence and stability in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and threaten its territory. The mission served as an early-warning alarm for the Security Council, helped to strengthen mutual dialogue among political parties and assisted in monitoring human rights as well as inter-ethnic relations in the country. UNPREDEP also assisted in the country's social and economic development along with other agencies and organizations of the United Nations system. Throughout, UNPREDEP maintained close cooperation with the Monitoring Mission in Skopje, FYROM's capital, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Following a series of extensions to its mandate, UNPREDEP came to a conclusion on 4 December 1998.

Canada’s participation in this mission consisted of one military observer (officer) beginning in April 1995 and running the length of the missions mandate.