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date: 25 February 2021

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This article focuses on the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG-Namibia), a peacekeeping mission deployed by the UN Security Council in Namibia from April 1989 to March 1990 to help the country organise free elections and in the transition to democracy after decades of civil war and colonial rule. After providing an overview of the conflict in Namibia, the article outlines UNTAG’s mandate as well as its operational achievements and limitations in terms of demobilization of the Namibian military forces, civilian policing, repatriation and resettlement of refugees, and in the holding of elections and adoption of the constitution.

Keywords: peacekeeping mission, UN Security Council, Namibia, elections, democracy, civil war, civilian policing, refugees

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