The Netherlands to provide Military Personnel to the MFO

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Multinational Force and Observers are pleased to announce they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of four Dutch military personnel to fill specialized positions on the MFO Force Commander's staff in the Sinai.

This understanding marks a return to the MFO by the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a Troop Contributing Nation; from 1982 to 1995, the Netherlands provided the MFO with a contingent consisting principally of a Force Military Police Unit composed of the Royal Marechaussee, as well as a past Force Commander, MG Joop van Ginkel, who served from April 1991 to April 1994. The Kingdom of the Netherlands rejoined the MFO community of supporting states in 2006 as a donor.


The Director General, Ambassador David Satterfield, welcomed the return of Dutch military personnel to the MFO: "I am pleased that we will once again have four Dutch military colleagues with us at the Force beginning early next calendar year. These specialized personnel will augment the expertise on the Force Commander's staff in the areas of security and force protection, and will assist the Force Counsel's office in coordinating investigations and other key work with the current FMPU… I thank the Government of the Netherlands for their decision to provide us with this expertise, without seeking reimbursement from the MFO, at the same time that they have increased their financial support for us."