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This chapter focuses on the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM I), a peacekeeping mission authorized by the UN Security Council in April 1992 to help facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and oversee a ceasefire agreement signed by the warring factions in the Somalian conflict. After providing an overview of the civil war in Somalia, the chapter outlines UNOSOM I’s mandate and evaluates its operational achievements and limitations. It also summarizes the deployment of the US-led Unified Task Force (UNITAF) in December 1992 and some of the main debates leading to UNOSOM’s evolution into the much larger and robust UNOSOM II force in March 1993.

Keywords: peacekeeping, UN Security Council, humanitarian assistance, ceasefire, civil war, Unified Task Force

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