UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (Peacekeeping, 24 April 1991 to 31 December 1994)

About This Campaign

Western Sahara, a Territory on the north-west coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria, was administered by Spain until 1976. Since Spain's unilateral withdrawal from the Western Sahara territory in 1976, the Saharawi people (represented by the POLISARIO) have fiercely resisted annexation by neighbouring Morocco. A guerrilla war continued until 1991 when the UN brokered a cease-fire. Following this, in September 1991, MINURSO was established to: monitor the ceasefire; monitor the confinement of Moroccan and Frente POLISARIO troops to designated locations; ensure the release of all Western Saharan political prisoners or detainees; verify the reduction of Moroccan troops in the Territory; oversee the exchange of prisoners of war; implement the repatriation programme (UNHCR); identify and register qualified voters; and to organize and ensure a free and fair referendum and proclaim the results.

Australia provided the mission's 45-strong Force Communications Unit until the end of 1994 when the Australian Government withdrew the Unit.



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FELSCHE, Susan Lee

Service number F182493
Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (post WW2)
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 24 May 1961