UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA)
The official description, eligibility, criteria and history of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA).
In 1996, the Central African Republic was shaken by a politico-military crisis that stemmed to a large extent from widespread public discontent over social and economic problems. On 25 January 1997, an agreement was signed in Bangui, and from 31 January 1997 an inter-African force in the Central African Republic was established in order to restore peace and security in the Central African Republic by monitoring the implementation of the Bangui agreements.
Eligibility and criteria
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 15 April 1998 to 28 February 2000.
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 has a central UN blue stripe flanked on each side by 5 equal stripes of yellow, green, red, white and dark blue.
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 MINUGUA medal and before the UNPREDEP medal.
The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.
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