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Army April 25, 2013
Sinai mission boost
Government provides funding for the Multinational Force and Observers mission in Sinai
AUSTRALIA will provide financial
support to the Multinational Force
and Observers (MFO) mission of
$US1.5 million over three years to
acquire and maintain armoured vehi-
cles and upgrade bases in Sinai.
There are 25 Australian person-
nel in specialised roles on the staff
of the Force Commander, led by
an Australian Deputy Chief of
Operations. Operation Mazurka in the
region is commanded by Australian
Lt-Col Kenton Madsen. The mission
oversees the terms of the peace treaty
between Egypt and Israel.
The Director General of MFO is
Ambassador David Satterfield, who
has welcomed the increased support.
"Australia's commitment to the
MFO is long standing, and this deci-
sion only strengthens Australia's sup-
port for our mission of peace," he said.
"My visit to Canberra in February
2012 confirmed that Australia has a
keen appreciation of both the impor-
tance of our peacekeeping role and of
the compelling case for broadening
our sources of funding, particularly
to help us continue to address recent
security challenges in conducting our
"The MFO is busier than it has
ever been in the service of the Treaty
of Peace, and this recognition of our
work is greatly appreciated."
The Australian contingent fills a
variety of key appointments within
almost every branch of the MFO HQ,
with ADF members assisting in the
peace process by monitoring the bor-
der, preparing daily operational brief-
ings and supporting the HQ.
Australia now joins Norway, the
Netherlands and the US in being both
a troop and financial contributor.
The MFO was established in 1981
to oversee the US-brokered Camp
David Accords of September 1978
and the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty of
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
and Defence Materiel Minister Mike
Kelly made the funding announce-
ment earlier this month, saying the
MFO was a non-UN organisation
with a mission to observe, verify and
report on Israeli and Egyptian imple-
mentation of the peace agreements in
Thirteen nations contribute person-
nel to the 1660-strong MFO mission,
with Australia being one of the origi-
nal contributing nations.
The Australian contingent first
deployed in March 1982 for four
years, and has had a subsequent ADF
continuous presence since 1992.
Funding: Australia will financially support the Multinational Force and Observers mission in Sinai with $US1.5 million over three years.
File photo by Cpl Mark Doran
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