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WHO:
Unasal
WHEN:
July 1991 - April 1995
PERSONNEL:
380 military observers and 631 police observers
DEATHS:
5
COST:
$107m
EL SALVADOR

The peacekeeping mission in El Salvador, Unusal, helped the country through a period of transition after 10 years of civil war, in which more than 75,000 people were killed. First established to monitor a ceasefire and verify the implementation of the peace agreement, Unusal went on to oversee free elections in 1994.

The UN observers also supervised the creation of a new police force, and oversaw the reform and reduction of the armed forces. Under Unusal direction, a large-scale decommissioning of weapons took place, in an unprecedented move for peacekeeping. The combatants agreed to hand over their weapons to UN observers over a two-year period.

The El Salvador government has since been criticised for slow progress in implementing parts of the peace accords, especially in human rights and land reform.