A European peacekeeping force is due to become operational in 2003. It will be staffed by specially trained police officers from across the EU. (See Police: Peacekeeping force)
The use of military means by an international organization such as the United Nations to prevent fighting, usually by acting as a buffer between combatants. The international force is neutral between the combatants and must have been invited to be present by at least one of the combatants. See also Collective security. 362
International military monitoring and patrolling by UN peacekeeping forces at the invitation of all conflicting parties to preserve peace, once it is restored, in areas of tension.