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23 - Fumbling the political football

Multinational Force and Observers, 1982–86

from Part 2 - New ambitions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 September 2019

Peter Londey
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
Rhys Crawley
Affiliation:
Australian War Memorial
David Horner
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
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No Australian peacekeeping operation has aroused more public opposition than the contribution of helicopters to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) from 1982 to 1986. The deployment was in effect simply a continuation of Australia’s participation in the second UN Emergency Force (Unef II), described in chapter 20. The deployment of the MFO followed a peace treaty signed by the two parties, Egypt and Israel, in 1979, and was never likely to involve significant danger to Australian personnel. It followed soon after a far more dangerous deployment to Southern Rhodesia (see chapters 24–27), which aroused little criticism.

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The Long Search for Peace
Observer Missions and Beyond, 1947–2006
, pp. 578 - 604
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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