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date: 29 February 2020

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This article focuses on the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO), the first peacekeeping mission (as opposed to a full-scale peacekeeping force). UNTSO was set up by the UN Security Council in May 1948 to oversee the ceasefire in Palestine in the war which followed the declaration of the state of Israel. It was mandated to supervise the four separate General Armistice Agreements signed between Israel and its Arab neighbors. After providing an overview of the first Arab-Israeli War, the article outlines UNTSO’s mandate and evaluates its operational achievements and limitations, as well as the lessons that can be learned from its experience.

Keywords: United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation, UNTSO, peacekeeping mission, UN Security Council, ceasefire, Palestine, General Armistice Agreements, Israel, Arab-Israeli War, United Nations

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