Talk:United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda

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IN Rwanda?[edit]

Shouldn't the I stand for IN Rwanda, or did it stand for the I in mIssion? 66.57.20.114 19:33, 26 October 2006 (UTC) (Timekeeper, just not logged in) (for confirmation, that WAS me) Timekeeper 19:34, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

It was the I in mission. The official name of the mission is just as the name of the article. see the official UNAMIR page --Mat Hardy (Affentitten) 03:07, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Technically, the UN itself is inconsistent, see UNAMIR: United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda and United Nations Mission for Rwanda, both as official un.org sites of the mission. Technically, I would vote we apply "original research" to assume the I stands for In, but google indicates For is more common...so it's an impasse. Perhaps look at other UN mission names to see if they commonly use the I to denote In or MI as Mission? Sherurcij (Speaker for the Dead) 09:17, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
SC Resolution 872, which is the legal document creating the mission says the Security Council "Decides to establish a peace-keeping operation under the name "United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda" (UNAMIR)". That's why "for" is more common in Google: it's the correct name. My understanding and experience is that the SC always tries to create an acronym that is able to be spoken as a word. To make this possible they often use extra letters or French phrasing. For example, MINURSO "United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara". I feel that saying the I stands for the I in mission is "original research" is a little extreme. --Mat Hardy (Affentitten) 23:29, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, got called away before I could finish properly. The two links you provided are a good case in point. The one that calls the mission "for Rwanda" is from the DPKO. ie. the UN entity that oversees peacekeeping. It uses "for" because that is the correct legal name. The other link that uses "in", whilst a UN site, is not connected in any way with the mission itself, nor with the DPKO. It's a multimedia library operated by the UN Public Information division. It really has less 'authority' than the Department of Peacekeeping, and certainly the much less than the SC resolution that created UNAMIR. It's obvious though that with inconsitency within the UN itself (who'd a thunk it?) how these misunderstandings begin. The fact is, that there has never been a peacekeeping mission legally called "United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda". Therefore, the I cannot stand for IN. As the correct name is "United Nations Assistance Mission FOR Rwanda", the only conclusion that can be drawn is that either the I stands for nothing at all, or is part of the word MISSION and included for phonetic purposes. --Mat Hardy (Affentitten) 23:55, 19 January 2007 (UTC)
In his book (Shake Hands with the Devil) Dallaire, who claims to have named the mission/made the acronym in the first place, says that it is United Nations Assistance Mission For Rwanda, and makes a point of mentioning that people always forgot the for, even within the DPKO. Therefore, it seems it is named correctly in the article. TastyCakes 19:22, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Makeup[edit]

what was the national make up of the force?

I think the answer can be found here to add more information: http://popp.gmu.edu/peace/unamir.html It tells the troops, observers and police numbers per nations deployed at any moment of the mission Can someone find the information about the UNAMIR casualties?? Maplefanta (talk) 02:47, 16 April 2009 (UTC)