Assembling the Force
While construction was under way in the Sinai, the Director General began the equally demanding task of assembling the Force by negotiating the terms of participation of those countries that would supply contingents.
At the time of the signing of the Protocol, the United States had assured the Parties of the participation of a civilian observer unit, an infantry battalion and a logistics unit. Agreements were then negotiated with Fiji, Colombia and Uruguay. Fiji and Colombia, both having past experience in Middle East peacekeeping with the United Nations, agreed to supply infantry battalions. Uruguay offered a motor transport and, subsequently, an engineering unit. Thus, the MFO could count on, at a fairly early stage, the three infantry battalions needed to man the Observation Posts and Check Points and Sector Control Centers in Zone C, the observers to monitor Treaty provisions throughout the four Zones, logistics support, and transport.