The NZDF has personnel in Sinai, Egypt as part of the New Zealand Contingent Multinational Force and Observers.
Mission: Peace. The mission of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israel Treaty of Peace.
The New Zealand contingent has been a member of the MFO since its inception on 25 April 1982. Participation by New Zealand originally took the form of Rotary Wing Air Support and subsequently evolved to its present form.
Primary tasks of the NZCMFO are to provide a transport section to operate and drive vehicles as required by the Force and to provide a Training and Advisory Team (NZTAT). The NZTAT establishes, conducts, maintains and evaluates training courses based on MFO Standard Operating Procedures as well as providing driver training and MFO license qualifications testing.
Additionally the Contingent provides selected personnel for staff appointments within the Force and Contingent Headquarters. The Contingent is involved in a wide range of MFO activities from the soldier level within the Force logistics organisation to involvement in key staff roles and functions in the Force Headquarters.
The mandate for this deployment expires in September 2020.
For more information about the MFO go to: http//mfo.org/en
Copies of the Cabinet papers and the associated minutes of decision regarding the contribution are available on the Ministry of Defence website.
On the 29th of March 1979 President Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel signed a historic Treaty of Peace between the two countries. The agreement saw Israel withdrawing over a phased period from the Sinai and the types and number of troops in the region specified.
The Treaty of Peace provided quite specific but nonetheless complex limitations on the levels of both Egyptian and Israeli military forces in the four Zones. The mission of the Multinational Force and Observers is to observe and verify compliance with, and to report any violations of, the limitations on military personnel and equipment that are set out in the Treaty of Peace.
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