Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) / Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE): the Dutch contribution

The Ministry of Defence sent a Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) officer to Georgia as an observer on 25 May 1994.

Subsequently, the RNLAF and the Royal Netherlands Army sent one observer alternately over the next 2 years. The observer had to have a sufficient command of the Russian language to be able to take part in negotiations. The military observers established contact with the military commanders of all parties, investigated violations of the ceasefire and were able to make local commanders aware of the possible consequences of their actions. The Dutch observers had a dual function and also served as, for example, transport officers. The last Dutch observer returned home on 1 May 1996.