THE UNITED NATIONS MEDAL (UNPREDEP)

Obverse: The United Nations global projection emblem, above which are the letters “UN”.

Reverse: Plain, with the legend “IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE”.

Size: 35mm in diameter.

Ribbon: 35mm wide, the ribbon for this medal has the UN blue background, representing peace, upon which is a broad red field with yellow bands in the middle bordered by thin white bands, representing the UNPREDEP command presence in Macedonia. Ninety days of service in the Mission was necessary to qualify for award of the medal.

Suspension: The ribbon is threaded through a 12mm diameter ring, which passes through a loop fixed to the top of the piece. The ring will move forwards and backwards.

United Nations Preventive Deployment Force was established in March 1995 by Security Council Resolution 983 (1995) which decided that the activities of UNPROFOR, within the former Republic of Macedonia, shall be known as UNPREDEP. The mandate was essentially preventive; to monitor and report any development in the border areas that could undermine the confidence and stability in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or threaten its territory. The Mission terminated in February 1999. New Zealand had military observers attached to the force.