United Arab Emirates Armed Forces had participated in an active war area for the first time in their second peacekeeping mission in 1991
Mahra Khalifa – SNW News AUE
Dubai – 20/04/2018
The UAE has been able to strengthen its international position as well as gain sufficient importance due to its multiple peacekeeping missions, where, it has striven to provide basic amenities, support and assistance to victims as well as contribute to the re-establishment of infrastructure. The Armed Forces of the UAE plays a crucial role in the peacekeeping missions of the country, where, emphasis is laid on the goals, principles and aims of the government (Gaibulloev et al. 2015). Headed by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is the crowd prince of Abu Dhabi as well as Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, this military institution has taken active part is multiple international peacekeeping missions since its formation in May 1976. The first international mission of the Armed Forces was it foreign duty in Lebanon in 1976. For bringing peace in different parts of Lebanon and for providing aid to the war victims, the Armed Forces had collaborated with the Arab Deterrent Forces.
As seen in records, the main role of the UAE Armed Forces is to defend the nation as well as contribute to international peace building. The second peacekeeping mission was undertaken by the Armed forces in 1991, where, UAE’s forces had participated in an active war area for the first time (UAE Armed Forces participate in UN peace keeping missions, 2018).
Apart from being involved in the coalition to liberate Kuwait, the UAR Armed Forces had also provided basic aid and assistance to several war victims. Such missions and foreign duties reflect the basic goal and objective of the UAE government, which is to strengthen country’s international role, provide medical care and assistance to those in need, help in re-establishing security in war affected and troubled areas and protect civilians from the harsh impacts of war and riot.
Records show that the UAE Armed Forces does not only undertake international peacekeeping missions in war affected regions but also participates in providing humanitarian aid to people in need. The best example in this context refers to their collaboration with the UN in 1993 for restoring hope in Somalia. Various peacekeeping campaigns were also started by the UAE Armed Forces in Kosovo to set up camps and provide help to more than 15,000 refugees (UAE Armed Forces participate in UN peace keeping missions, 2018). After the war had subsided, officials of the Armed Forces had also signed a contract for re-establishing hospitals and other infrastructure in the region for addressing the basic needs of people in 2003.
In 2007, the UAE Armed Forces had supported the UN mission in Afghanistan and had provided both armoured vehicles and personnel for helping war victims in the region as well as face attacks (Gaibulloev et al. 2015). Many Emirati patrols were severely attacked by Taliban ambushes and insurgents. However, despite such complexities, the UAE Armed Forces had been able to efficiently move people out from war zones and provide them safety and security. This reflects the commitment of the UAE government, which is to support international community, promote peace, maintain security and safeguard the innocent.
Gaibulloev, K., George, J., Sandler, T., & Shimizu, H. (2015). Personnel contributions to UN and non-UN peacekeeping missions: A public goods approach. Journal of Peace Research, 52(6), 727-742.
UAE Armed Forces participate in UN peace keeping missions. (2018). GulfNews. Retrieved 20 March 2018, from http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/uae-armed-forces-particpate-in-un-peace-keeping-missions-1.1043759
Feature image: A member of the UAE Armed Forces provides medical care to an Afghan boy. [United Arab Emirates Armed Forces] – Photo credit UNIPATH magazine