Iran: 1988 - 1991

The United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIMOG) 1988 – 1991

The United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group was established to monitor compliance between Iraq and Iran after a long-standing territorial dispute. In mid August, 10 New Zealand officers, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Fisher, deployed and were one of the first contingents to arrive in Iran.

Their tasks were to monitor compliance with the ceasefire, and investigate alleged violations of it. They were also tasked to prevent, through negotiation, any changes to the status quo pending the withdrawal of all forces to internationally recognised boundaries.

They were also to supervise and verify the withdrawal of those forces. Most of the observers served in five man teams at sites near the cease fire line.Iran and Iraq settled their outstanding differences
in 1990, and UNIIMOG was disbanded in February 1991.

The last New Zealander left in February 1991.

 

This page was last amended on 27 February 2015