UN India Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN India Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM).

UN India Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM)

UN India Pakistan Observation Mission (UNIPOM)


The UN Security Council established UNIPOM to ensure supervision of the cease-fire and the withdrawal of all armed personnel from the Rann of Kutch to Kashmir, a 1,000-mile segment of the western India-Pakistan border. In February 1966, following a peace conference in Tashkent, the two armies withdrew to their own sides of the border and UNIPOM was disbanded the next month.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 22 September 1965 to 24 March 1966.

The UN strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of the UN medals that are submitted more than one year after repatriation from the mission area.

The qualifying service is not required for members killed or presumed killed while on assignment. In such cases, the medal may be awarded posthumously.


A circular bronze alloy medal, 1.4 inches (35mm) in diameter.

On the obverse, the representation of the UN symbol surmounted by the straight letters UN, both in bas-relief.

On the reverse, an inscription bearing the words "IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE" in English (and only in English).

A 0.5 inch (12mm) bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.

The ribbon bears a wide central band in various shades of green, which represents the Himalayan Range and the Kashmir Valley. The white stripes flanking the green represent the snow-capped mountains. The two blue bands at each end represent the UN. This ribbon is identical to the ribbon of the UNMOGIP Medal.


There is no bar to this medal.


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner: on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the UNFICYP medal and before the UNEFME medal.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

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