Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York

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Czech Commitment to International Peace and Security

Building on the legacy of former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic plays an active role in promoting and maintaining peace and security worldwide. It takes part in UN peacekeeping operations and observer missions, operations under UN Security Council mandate, EU civilian and military missions, and OSCE missions.

Building on the legacy of former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic plays an active role in promoting and maintaining peace and security worldwide. It takes part in UN peacekeeping operations and observer missions, operations under UN Security Council mandate, EU civilian and military missions, and OSCE missions.

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UN Peacekeeping Operations and Observer Missions

Since 1988, more than 3,000 Czech soldiers, civilian policemen and experts have participated in UN peacekeeping operations and observer missions. A large proportion of them were deployed in former Yugoslavia, serving with UNPROFOR (UN Protection Force) between February 1992 and December 1995.

The Czech Republic also participated in the following UN peacekeeping operations and observer missions:

UNCRO (UN Confidence Restoration Operation in Croatia)
UNTAES (UN Transitional Authority in Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium)
UNMIBH (UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina)
UNMOP (UN Mission of Observers in Prevlaka)
UNMOT (UN Mission of Observers in Tajikistan)
UNOSOM I (UN Operation in Somalia I)
UNOMSIL (UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone)
UNTAG (UN Transition Assistance Group in Namibia)
UNUMOZ (UN Operation in Mozambique)
UNOMIL (UN Observer Mission in Liberia)
UNAVEM I (UN Angola Verification Mission I)
UNAVEM II (UN Angola Verification Mission II)
UNGCI (UN Guards Contingent in Iraq)
MINURSO (UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara)
At present there are Czechs serving with the following UN peacekeeping operations and observer missions:

UNOMIG (UN Observer Mission in Georgia)
MONUC (UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
UNMIL (UN Mission in Liberia)
UNMEE (UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea)
UNMIK (UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo)
UNAMA (UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)

Operations under UN Security Council Mandate

In 1990 former Czechoslovakia joined the multinational coalition formed to liberate Kuwait under a UN Security Council mandate (Resolution 678 adopted on 29 November 1990). The Czechoslovak Chemical Unit was deployed as part of the operation in November 1990.

Other UN-mandated operations involving Czech troops included IFOR and SFOR I and II on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, KFOR on the territory of Kosovo and ISAF in Afghanistan.

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EU Civilian and Military Missions

The Czech Republic is taking part in several current EU missions, including the EUFOR-ALTHEA military mission and the EUPM civilian mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the integrated rule-of-law EUJUST LEX mission for Iraq and the EUBAM mission to suppress arms smuggling and trafficking in arms, drugs and human beings on the Moldova-Ukraine border.


OSCE Missions

Czech citizens work in OSCE missions to Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania and in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Czech Republic has also provided observers to a significant number of OSCE election observation teams.

Detailed and updated information on Czech Deployments in International Missions and their history can be found on the web-site of the Ministry of Defense.