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The UN has some warships working for it instead of their nation states as I have understood it. So how many ships are there working for UN?

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Mika:

I can't put my finger on a comprehensive list of naval assets currently assigned to UN peacekeeping operations. I do know that such assets vary constantly, depending on the needs of each mission. Currently, nations have detailed some naval vessels to UNIFIL -- see:

http://unifil.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=11584

For additional information on UN peacekeeping, see:

http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/resources/statistics/factsheet.shtml

http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/operations/peacekeeping.shtml

"UN Peacekeepers provide security and the political and peacebuilding support to help countries make the difficult, early transition from conflict to peace.

UN Peacekeeping is guided by three basic principles:

   Consent of the parties;
   Impartiality;
   Non-use of force except in self-defence and defence of the mandate.

Peacekeeping is flexible and over the past two decades has been deployed in many configurations. There are currently 16 UN peacekeeping operations deployed on four continents.

Today's multidimensional peacekeeping operations are called upon not only to maintain peace and security, but also to facilitate the political process, protect civilians, assist in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; support the organization of elections, protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law."

Sorry I can't be more informative.

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