UN Observation Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL)

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the UN Observation Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL).

UN Observation Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL)


This Mission was established on 20 May 1991 to monitor all agreements between the Government of El Salvador and Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN). This Mission was subsequently expanded in January 1992 to assume the verification of all aspects of the cease-fire, the separation of forces, and the agreement on the National Civil Police, which saw ONUSAL monitoring the maintenance of public order during the transitional period while a new National Civil Police was set up.

Eligibility and criteria

Award for 90 days consecutive service between 20 May 1991 to 30 April 1995.

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 five equal bars: the centre is white, flanked by dark blue, and at either end, by UN blue. The dark blue and white represent the national flag of El Salvador.


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 MINURSO medal and before the UNPROFOR medal.


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

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