The German Bundestag has extended the mandates for the Bundeswehr’s participation in seven international peace missions until spring 2018. These mandates would otherwise have expired at the end of January 2018. Germany is thus signalling clearly to its international partners and allied troops that it also remains a reliable country while its new Government is being formed. “Many countries expect Germany to use its influence to foster peace and stability,” Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
Overview of the extended mandates
UNMISS (South Sudan)
On behalf of the United Nations Security Council, UNMISS is responsible for protecting the civilian population, observing the human rights situation and ensuring access to humanitarian assistance. UNMISS also supports the implementation of the ceasefire Agreement.
UNAMID (the Sudan)
The joint United Nations-African Union peace mission UNAMID is tasked with protecting the civilian population, facilitating humanitarian assistance and supporting the peace process.
The stabilisation mission MINUSMA safeguards peace in Mali. The United Nations peacekeeping forces deployed by the United Nations Security Council monitor adherence to the ceasefire and promote confidence-building measures between the parties to the conflict. The mission is also tasked with facilitating humanitarian assistance, protecting human rights and helping to rebuild Mali’s security Forces.
Anti-IS (Syria and Iraq)
Following the attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, the German Bundestag voted to support the Global Coalition against Daesh with military means. Germany takes part in air to air refuelling and reconnaissance.
Operation Sea Guardian (Mediterranean)
At their Warsaw Summit, NATO Heads of State and Government decided to establish a new maritime security operation in the Mediterranean. Operation Sea Guardian mission monitors maritime areas in the Mediterranean region, contributes to the capacity-building efforts of the coastal states and provides support in the fight against terrorism. The operation is based on general maritime law. It is also intended to support and complement the EU’s efforts, in particular EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia, for example by helping to implement the arms embargo on Libya.
Resolute Support (Afghanistan)
Since the end of the mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, NATO has been supporting Afghanistan through the follow on Resolute Support Mission, which began in January 2015 and provides training, advice and assistance to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces. The aim is to enable them to better exercise their full responsibility for security across the country. This means that Resolute Support, unlike its predecessor, has no combat role. In 2018, approximately 16,000 NATO and operational-partner service members will be deployed to the Kabul area, as well as in four regional spokes.
Training mission in Iraq
Germany is supporting the Iraqi security forces in their fight against the terror militia “Islamic State”. The aim of the mission is to train the security forces and provide guidance on logistics and medical care.