transitional administrations: UNTAG (Namibia, 1988), UNTAC (Cambodia, 1992), UNTAES
(Eastern Slavonia in Croatia, 1996), UNMIK (Kosovo in Serbia and Montenegro, 1999), and UNTAET (East Timor, 1999)).
Thus, at the time when UNTAES was established in January 1996, there were some 125,000 people living in the region, predominantly either indigenous or displaced Serbs with comparatively small numbers of Hungarians, Ruthenes, and other minorities.
The civilian aspects of his subsequent report (4) were accepted by the Security Council and became, in effect, the blueprint for the implementation of the transitional administration by UNTAES over the ensuing two years.
The senior members of UNTAES began to take up their duties in February 1996, and from the start it was made clear to all concerned that UNTAES was not going to be "son-of-UNCRO" (UN Confidence Restoration Operation), the previous UN peacekeeping mission in Croatia.
The robustness of UNTAES military capabilities was made clear to local Serbs and to the Croatian authorities alike.
Although UNTAES began operations from the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) headquarters in Zagreb, it was clear that as soon as practicable UNTAES should have its own headquarters in Eastern Slavonia.
The unity of command in UNTAES proved to be a great asset.
UNTAES found this to be particularly true in implementing its responsibilities for "governing" the region, and the press of experience often required ingenuity and imagination on the part of individuals to find solutions to political and other problems not envisaged in the mandate.