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   United Nations Mission for The Referendum in Western Sahara
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1991
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( UN ) - UNITED NATIONS
United Nations Mission for The Referendum in Western Sahara
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  1. (The acronym derives from French, Mission des nations unies pour le referendum dans le Sahara Occidental) 
  2. MINURSO was established in May1991, to enable the people of Western Sahara to choose freely between integration with Morocco or independence. 
  3. The medal has a very wide central band of a sandy brown colour, representing the Sahara Desert, with two narrow bands of UN blue at either end. Ninety days of qualifying time is required for the award. 
  4. To date, the countries of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Honduras, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, Tunisia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America and Venezuela provided troops or observers to this Mission. At this point, MINURSO remains in a purely observation role. However, at some point, it may expand to accomplish its prime mandate, at which time, the numbers of troops and contributing countries may increase