PEACEKEEPER PEACEMAKER – 74 Years of Service and Sacrifice

Peacekeeping is defined as a military unit that stands between two opposing armies to enforces peace, while Peacemaking is an active military operation to achieve peace.

The Australian Defence Force has been involved in Peacekeeping since 1947 when 4 Australian Defence Force members (the world’s first UN Peacekeepers) were deployed to the first United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission – the United Nations Good Offices Commission to Indonesia (UNGOC). Since 1947 the Australian Defence Force has been extremely involved in both the UN and multinational Peacekeeping and Peacemaking.  More than 66,000 veterans have been involved in some way.

Australia’s involvement in Peacekeeping and Peacemaking has included 73 operations to 64 Countries from 1947 to the present day:-

Indonesia 1947 to 1951, Kashmir 1950 to 1985, Korea 1953 to now, Israel (under Operation Paladin) 1956 to now, Congo 1960 to 1961, West New Guinea 1962 to 1963, Yemen 1963, Cyprus 1964 to now (including Australian police personnel), India-Pakistan Border 1965 to 1966, Sinai (under Operation Mazurka) 1976 to 1979, 1982 to 1986 and 1993 to now, Israel-Syria Border 1974, Lebanon 1978, Zimbabwe 1979 to 1980, Uganda 1982 to 1984, Iran 1988 to 1990, Thailand-Cambodia Border 1989 to 1993, Namibia 1989 to 1990 (under UNTAG), Afghanistan 1989 to 1993, Iraqi Kurdistan 1991(under Operation Habitat), Iraq 1991 to 1999, Western Sahara 1991 to 1994, Cambodia 1991 to 1993 (under UNTAC), Somalia 1992 to 1995 (under Operation Solace), Yugoslavia 1992, Rwanda 1994 to 1995, Mozambique 1994, Bougainville 1994 and 1997 to 2003, Haiti 1994 to 1995, Guatemala 1997, Yugoslavia 1997 to now, Kosovo 1999 to now, East Timor 1999 to 2013 (under INTERFET, UNTAET, UNMISET, Operation Tower and Operation Astute), Solomon Islands 2000 to 2013 (under RAMSI), Ethiopia and Eritrea 2000 to now, Sierra Leone 2000 to 2003, Sudan 2005 to now (under Operation Azure), Darfur 2007 to now (under Operation Hedgerow), multinational Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville from 1998 to 2003, multinational International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) from 1999 to 2000, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) from 2003 to 2017.

Between 1990 and 2000 it is noted that it was the busiest 10 years in history for multinational peacekeeping.

Sadly 16 Australians have died during Peacekeeping operations. (This number is accurate to 2017).

The Cairns RSL Sub Branch Peacekeeper Peacemaker Event, 74 Years of Service and Sacrifice will be held on Sunday, 12 September from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Skypark by AJHackett.  Please click on the below link or go to our website under events, or call our office on 4051 5254 to purchase tickets. The ticket price includes lunch, beverage, live music and kids entertainment and access to our event only offer to Bungy jump or Bundy swing for $49, normal price is $139.

Peacekeeper Peacemaker Event





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