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Last updated: 17th May 2002
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Based on the UN Security Council resolution nr. 1031, NATO received a mandate to perform the military aspect of the Dayton Agreement. The military operation was called "Joint Endevour", and it was given to an international military force called "Implementation Force" (IFOR). IFOR began to perform the mission in B&H on 20 December 1995, with one-year mandate. As the mandate was coming to the end the international community felt ever stronger that the need to maintain the stability and security in B&H shall remain. Therefore, the UN Security Council adopted the resolution nr. 1088 that adopted the NATO plan on the continuation of the military presence in B&H with task to preserve the peace and stability. The resolution gave mandate to military force called "Stabilisation Force" (SFOR), that with day 12 December 1996 became the legal heir of IFOR. Beside the NATO members, in IFOR and letter SFOR are participating also some twenty non-members, mainly the participants of the "Partnership for Peace" programme including Russian Federation, and some other states like Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco etc.
Except the following flags that represent the Force as a whole, each of the participating countries use her own flag as well as the flags of the units in field and military flags of various kinds according to the customs of each country. The OUN flag is also used.
The flag used by IFOR is dark blue with the IFOR emblem in the middle between the two NATO compass roses. The IFOR emblem is vertically divided shield of white and blue with vertically inscribed abbreviation of the Force in Latin and Cyrillic alphabet.
The SFOR flag is similar to the flag used previously by IFOR, with only change of the inscription.