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By February 2002 ISAF had deployed some 4,900 troops from 18 countries, all in the area of Kabul, although Hamid Karzai, the leader of the Afghan Interim Authority, appealed to the UN to expand the size of the force and to extend its mandate to operate throughout Afghanistan. In February 2005 defence ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreed in principle that NATO, already a major contributor of troops, should take control of all ISAF forces, although a unified command was not in place until May 4, 2006, when NATO’s UK-led Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) took over from the Italian-led Rapid Deployable Corps.

UNMIL was established by Security Council resolution 1509 of Sept. 19, 2003, to replace peacekeepers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the USA, which had entered Liberia in August to enforce a ceasefire in a 14-year civil conflict and monitor the withdrawal into exile of former President Charles Taylor. In addition to implementing the ceasefire agreement between supporters and opponents of Taylor, including the disarming and demobilization of all armed parties, UNMIL’s mandate was to protect civilians and UN staff; to support humanitarian and human rights assistance; to assist the transitional government in the formation of a new, restructured police force and a new, restructured military; and to assist in the re-establishment of national authority in administrative and legal terms.

Peacekeeping personnel were currently drawn from 112 countries. As of Oct. 31, 2006, the top 10 contributors of troops were: Pakistan (9,790), Bangladesh (9,655), India (9,276), Jordan (3,819), Nepal (3,522), Ghana (2,674), Uruguay (2,583), Ethiopia (2,568), Nigeria (2,429) and South Africa (2,077). The following (described in more detail below) were the current UN peacekeeping operations (which also includes truce supervision and military observer groups) as of late 2006. (1) United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) (2) United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) (3) United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (4) United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (5) United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) 20 (7) United Nations Mission for the Organization of a Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (8) United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) (9) United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (10) United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) (11) United Nations Mission in Ethiopia/Eritrea (UNMEE) (12) International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) (13) United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (14) United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (15) United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (16) United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) (17) United Nations Integrated Mission in TimorLeste (UNMIT) United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) Address.

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