UNTAG - United Nations Transition Authority - Namibia 1989-90 (Peacekeeping, 14 March 1989 to 9 April 1990)

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About This Campaign

Although the UN General Assembly had terminated South Africa's mandate over Namibia in 1966, it was not until 1990 that Namibia was able to officially declare its independence from South Africa. UNTAG was established in Namibia in 1989 to supervise the general election, the withdrawal of South African troops, and refugees returning to the country.

At its peak, UNTAG comprised 8,000 civilian, police and military personnel from 120 countries. Australia committed 592 people, including a contingent of engineers from 17 Construction Squadron, 1 RAAF Officer, 5 Miliary Police and a 3 person Signals Detachment team. They were joined by electoral experts from the Australian electoral commission and a fingerprint expert from the Australian Federal Police.

Along with the British Signals contingent, the Australian engineers were the only troops on the ground when the ceasefire broke down in April 1989. They supported a renegotiated ceasefire by "supervising the withdrawal of SWAPO guerillas from Namibia." (Australian War Memorial)

For further information visit

http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/past/untagFT.htm (www.un.org)

https://www.awm.gov.au/conflict/CN500132/ (www.awm.gov.au)





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