The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia, Debriefing and Lessons

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The United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) was the fruit of many years of negotiations which had resulted in the Paris Agreements on Cambodia, and a sincere attempt to reach out to a country devastated by conflict. The present report synthesises the discussions and papers presented at the 'International Conference on the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC): Debriefing and Lessons', organized jointly by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of Singapore and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). This report reflects as faithfully as possible the analysis and observations of the conference participants, and draws overall lessons and recommendations from that exercise, in the hope that these will be of use in future undertakings of the United Nations. Many reforms have already been initiated at the United Nations Secretariat in the wake of UNTAC. The Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (DKPO) has been strengthened and the Field Operations Division (FOD) integrated into it; the number of staff dealing with political analysis and training has increased; and the involvement of Member States, through secondment and the provisions of national expertise, has become institutionalized.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789041108869
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Selected Biographies
Explanatory Note and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1 The Cambodian peace process and the role of the United Nations 3
2 The UNTAC components 9
3 General lessons and recommendations from UNTAC 45
4 Conclusions 53
5 UN peace-keeping and the new world disorder 57
6 Message 61
7 Message 63
8 The Paris Agreements and their implementation 65
9 Crafting the Paris Agreements on Cambodia 71
10 The UN's role in bringing about peace in Cambodia (an insider's view) 75
11 The Cambodian factions in the democratic process 79
12 The Paris Agreements on Cambodia: a retrospect 85
13 The UN's role in bringing about peace in Cambodia (an observer's view) 91
14 Exercising the Transitional Authority 95
15 Lessons from exercising the Transitional Authority 103
16 The ASEAN role - a historical perspective 107
17 The Cambodian perspective 111
18 How the Paris Agreements affected UNTAC operations 115
19 A political analysis of the Cambodian situation 119
20 UNTAC: the Military Component view 125
21 UNTAC's civilian police operation 139
22 Refugee repatriation and reintegration in Cambodia 147
23 Economics/rehabilitation 157
24 The protection and promotion of human rights 165
25 UNTAC's information/education programme 171
26 Election-monitoring: preparation and conduct 177
27 A legal perspective on UNTAC - an overview 191
28 Drafting the Cambodian Constitution 205
29 Perspective from the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (DPKO) 211
30 UNITAR's Program of Correspondence Instruction (POCI) in Peace-Keeping Operations 217
31 A French perspective on peace-keeping 227
32 Cambodia today 231
33 UNTAC: a flawed paradigm/success 237
34 UNTAC: a paradigm for future UN peace-keeping operations? 249
35 UN peace-keeping operations in the future 253
Annex 1: List of conference participants 261
Annex 2: Agenda of the conference 265
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