Republic of South Korea
United Nations Command, Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC)
Personnel: Up to 5
The United Nations Command Military (UNC) is a multinational body established in 1950 to defend South Korea. While the Command operates under a United Nations flag, it is not recognised by the United Nations as a traditional 'blue beret' peacekeeping mission. This is because the United Nations Security Council delegated executive authority for the Command to the United States when it was established, rather than the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations or Department of Political Affairs.
A joint Miltary Armistice Commission (MAC) was established at the end of the Korean War with responsibility for supervising and monitoring the Armistice Agreement. It ws comprised of 10 officers, with the United Nations Command and the Korea People's Army (North Korea's armed forces) each providing five officers. After the Korea People's Army withdrew from the Commission in 1994, the United Nations Command component was directed to continue its duties, albeit from the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) only. The body is now known as the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC).
The NZDF officers deployed to UNCMAC are based at either the UNCMAC headquarters in Seoul or Camp Bonifas at the DMZ. Their tasks include providing operational support for Armistice compliance inspections and, if necessary, investigating alleged breaches, supporting routine dialogue with the Korean People’s Army (North Korea’s armed forces) and monitoring areas of interest both inside and outside of the DMZ.