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Peacekeeping Forces

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The Charter of the United Nations (Charter of the UN) does not contain the term &t;peacekeeping forces&t;, nor any similar term. Such forces have been developed from practical experience in the context of missions to maintain or restore peace. &t;UN peacekeeping forces&t; are mainly military formations or formed civilian police units or individuals (military and/or civilian police) serving under a mandate of the United Nations (UN), mostly in the framework of UN peacekeeping operations. It has become common in the scientific and political debate to categorize peace missions as either &t;classic&t; or &t;complex/multi-functional&t;. &t;Classic&t; peace missions are based on the assumption of consent of both or all parties to a conflict to the mandate of a UN peacekeeping force. Traditionally UN peacekeeping forces have only been lightly armed as their missions have always been quite similar to that of civilian police.

Keywords: civilian police; peace missions; UN peacekeeping forces; United Nations

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