The Danish contingent relieved the Polish troops on December 1st 2009.
The previous danish effort in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was formed in 1978. Its original purpose was to monitor the armistice between Lebanon and Israel.
As a consequence of the conflict between Israel and the Hizbollah in 2006, the UN reinforced the UNIFIL mandate by resolution 1701 of 11 September 2006. The overall purpose of this was to assist the Lebanese government in extending its jurisdiction to the entire country, with a view to preventing renewed hostilities and to creating the conditions for a lasting peace solution.
The Danish naval contribution to the UNIFIL
On several occasions in the period October 2006 to August 2008, with reference to parliament resolution B 146 of 2006, Danish naval forces formed part of the international naval force outside the coast of Lebanon. The purpose of the deployment was to block the access of the Hizbollah to arms supplies from the sea.
The Danish logistics unit
By parliament resolution B 41 of 2009, the Danish parliament voted unanimously to deploy a logistics unit of abt. 150 persons to the UN mission. The Danish contingent was stationed at Naqoura in southern Lebanon.
Here, the Danish forces carried out logistic tasks for the entire UNIFIL mission, and the fire emergency preparedness was handled by fire fighters sent out by the Emergency Management Agency.
Withdrawal of the Danish contribution
In April 2011, it was decided to withdraw the Danish logistics unit by the end of November 2011, when the Danish area of responsibility was passed to Austria. The last Danish soldiers returned to Denmark on 8 December 2011.
The Danish contingent consisted of five staff officers at the UNIFIL headquarters, three military police, and abt. 135 soldiers in the Danish logistics company. In addition to this, ten fire fighters from the Emergency Management Agency were sent out.
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