Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Personnel Overseas.

6.

Mr. O'Leary

asked the Minister for External Affairs the number of Army personnel and their rank now serving with the UN overseas; their location; and the duration of their present duty.

As the answer to the question is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, a Cheann Comhairle, with your permission, to circulate it separately.

Following is the statement:

NUMBER, Ranks, Location and Duration of Duty of Irish Army Personnel at present serving with the United Nations.

I. United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Rank

Number

5th Infantry Group

UNFICYP Headquarters Group

Total Number

Lieutenant Colonel

1

1

Commandant

7

7

14

Captain

14

3

17

Lieutenant

16

16

2nd Lieutenant

2

2

Sergeant Major

1

1

Battalion Quarter Master Sergeant.

1

1

Company Sergeant

6

2

8

Company Quarter Master Sergeant.

6

6

Sergeant

54

3

57

Corporal

110

6

116

Private

283

2

285

TOTAL:

501

23

524

NOTE: In addition to the above there are 2 Chaplains serving with the 5th Infantry Group.

Duration of Duty:

The Irish contingent with the United Nations Force in Cyprus will be maintained there until the existing mandate of the Force from the Security Council expires on 26th December, 1965.

II. United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM):

Rank

Number

Lieutenant Colonel

1

Commandant

2

Captain

5

Lieutenant

4

TOTAL:

12

Location:

Irish officers are stationed at team sites situated on either side of the India-Pakistan border.

Duration of Duty:

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has indicated that recruitment is for an initial period of three months. The Irish officers were despatched for service with UNIPOM in two Groups on 27th and 28th September, 1965, respectively.

III. United Nations Truce supervision organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East.

Rank

Number

Lieutenant Colonel

1

Commandant

1

Captain

8

TOTAL:

10

NOTE: Two of the above officers who have been serving as temporary observers with the United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission are returning to their operation.

Duration of Duty:

Assignment to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation is for a period of 1 year and the officers at present serving will complete their individual tours of duty between 15th June and 22nd October, 1966.