Dáil Éireann - Volume 411 - 31 October, 1991

Written Answers. - Army Peacekeeping Missions.

[2285] 20. Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Defence if Irish Army personnel are currently involved in EC observer group peacekeeping missions.

46. Mr. Barry asked the Minister for Defence the number of Irish Army personnel now involved as (a) observers in UN peace missions and (b) in active service on UN missions.

57. Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister [2286] for Defence if he will outline the various locations abroad where members of our Defence Forces are serving at present; and the auspices under which they are serving.

Minister for Defence (Mr. Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20, 46 and 57 together.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose to circulate it in the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

Current participation by members of the Permanent Defence Force in overseas missions is as follows.

1. UN MISSIONS

(i)

UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon):

Infantry Battalion

658

Force Administrative Component

54

Force Headquarters Staff Officers

13

Military Police

12

Force Mobile Reserve

17

TOTAL (UNIFIL)

754

(ii)

ONUCA (United Nations Observer Group in Central America): Observers: (1 Colonel, 2 Lieutenant Colonels, 15 Commandants)

18

(iii)

UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisations): Observers: (2 Lieutenant Colonels, 18 Commandants)

20

(iv)

UNFICYP (United Nations Force in Cyprus): Staff appointments UNFICYP Headquarters:— (2 Commandants, 6 NCOs)

8

(v)

UNIKOM (United Nations Iraq Kuwait Observer Mission): Observers: (1 Lieutenant Colonel, 7 Commandants)

8

(vi)

UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group India Pakistan): Chief Observer on secondment: (Brigadier General)

1

(vii)

OSGAP (Office of the Secretary-General Afghanistan Pakistan): Observer: (Lieutenant Colonel)

1

(viii)

UNAVEM (United Nations Angola Verification Missions): Observers: (1 Lieutenant Colonel, 14 Commandants/Captains)

15

(ix)

MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara): Observers: (1 Lieutenant Colonel, 5 Commandants/Captains)

6

The remaining 9 observers required for service with this mission are expected to be deployed shortly.

(x)

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East):

Management and Logistics Officer on secondment: (Commandant)

1

2. EC MISSION:

Monitor Mission to Yugoslavia

Observers: (2 Lieutenant Colonels, 3 Commandants), Clerk: (Company Sergeant)

6

3. Conference on Security and Co-Operation in Europe (CSCE): Military Adviser located in Vienna: (Colonel)

1

TOTAL

839