Dáil Éireann - Volume 507 - 01 July, 1999

Written Answers. - Overseas Missions.

84. Mr. Power asked the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces' members serving overseas with the United Nations; the areas in which they are serving; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16992/99]

Minister for Defence (Mr. M. Smith): The number of Defence Forces personnel currently serving with UN missions is 707. Details of these missions are as follows:

(i)

UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon)

608

(ii)

UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation) – Israel, Syria and Lebanon

11

(iii)

UNFICYP (United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus)

19

(iv)

UNIKOM (United Nations Iraq Kuwait Observer Mission)

5

(v)

UNSMA (United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan)

1

(vi)

MINURSO (United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara)

7

(vii)

UNSCOM ( United Nations Special Commission – Iraq) On loan to the UNSCOM head office in the UN Secretariat in New York.

1

(viii)

United Nations Operations in the former Yugoslavia UNMOP (United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka)

1

(ix)

Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

(a)SFOR HQ Sarajevo

50

(b)Military Liaison Officer, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium

1

(x)

United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNAMET)

3

Total number of personnel serving with UN missions

707