- European Union Force
EUFOR or European Union Force is a term used to describe
European Unionmilitary deployments, and has been used four times so far, in FYROM from March 2003 to December 2003 as EUFOR Concordia, in Bosnia from 2004 as EUFOR Althea, in the Democratic Republic of the Congoin 2006, and in Chadand the Central Africa Republicsince 2007. EUFOR is a temporary military "deployment", not a permanent military "force", and should not be confused with the Eurocorpsor the Helsinki Headline GoalForce Catalogue, sometime misleadingly known as the 'European Rapid Reaction Force'. The name probably was patterned in imitation of NATO's IFOR, SFOR, and KFOR.
EUFOR Altheais a military deployment in Bosnia and Herzegovinato oversee the military implementation of the Dayton Agreement. It is the successor to SFORand IFOR. The transition from SFOR to EUFOR was largely a change of name and commanders: 80% of the troops remained in place. [BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3944191.stm EU troops prepare for Bosnia swap] It replaced the NATO-led SFORon 2 December 2004.
EUFOR also refers to the EU mission under the auspices and in the framework of
MINURCATin Chadand the Central African Republic, from late 2007 onwards. [ [http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/6283804.html EU council adopts military action in Chad, Central African Republic - People's Daily Online ] ]
EUFOR DR Congo
The acronym EUFOR was also used for a short deployment in 2006 in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo. On 25 April 2006, the United Nations Security Counciladopted Resolution 1671 (2006), authorising the temporary deployment of an EU force to support the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo(MONUC) during the period encompassing the elections in the DR Congo, which began on 30 July.
Military of the European Union
European Union rapid reaction mechanism
European Defence Agency
European Security and Defence Policy
European Union Battlegroups
* [http://hdptcar.net/blog/2008/02/13/new-agenda-for-the-european-peace-keeping-mission-in-chad-and-car/ United Nations website in CAR monitoring progress of EUFOR TCHAD/RCA and MINURCAT]
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