Peacekeeping Operations Centre

Peacekeeping Operations Centre is a unit directly subordinated to the Operations Directorate (Ј-3) of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff intended for training, selection, equipping, preparation and deployment of individuals and units from the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces to multinational operations outside the borders of the Republic of Serbia.

Chief of the Peacekeeping Operations Centre is Colonel Ivan Lazarević, PhD. 

Peacekeeping Operations Centre is a full-fledged member of the European Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers — ЕAPTC, as well as of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers — IAPTC. 

Purpose of the Peacekeeping Operations Centre


Peacekeeping Operations Centre is intended for:

  • Selection, training and preparation of individuals and groups and participation in the selection, training and preparation of units for multinational operations;
  • Monitoring, coordination and control of the work and activities of the Serbian Armed Forces personnel deployed in multinational operations outside the borders of the Republic of Serbia;
  • Conducting seminars, courses and workshops in the field of multinational operations;
  • Participation in the evaluation of the competence of units for multinational operations.
  • Issuance of certificates of competency for deployment in multinational operations.
  • Participation in drafting MOUs, technical and other agreements related to the deployment of the Serbian Armed Forces in multinational operations;
  • Participation in drafting of the annual plan for the implementation of the deployment of the Serbian Armed Forces and other defense forces in multinational operations;
  • Participation in the development of the normative-legal framework for deployment in multinational operations;
  • Cooperation with international entities in order to exchange ideas and experiences from multinational operations.
  • Coordination of logistical support of individuals and groups deployed in multinational operations and participation in the organization of logistical support of units deployed in multinational operations.

Peacekeeping Operations Centre Tasks


Main tasks of the Peacekeeping Operations Centre are the following:

  • Selection, training, preparation and equipping of individuals and units for multinational operations;
  • Planning, organization, transport of individuals, units, weapons and military equipment to the areas of multinational operations;
  • Monitoring, coordination and control of forces deployed in multinational operations;
  • Planning, organization and implementation of national and international courses, seminars and lectures on content relevant to deployment in multinational operations.

Peacekeeping Operations Centre organizes the following courses:

a. Protection of Civilians in Multinational Operations (UN certified),
b. UN Staff Officer Course (UN certified),
c. UN Military Observer Course (UN certified), and
d. Basic Course for Deployment in UN Peacekeeping Operations.

Within the framework of international military cooperation, the Peacekeeping Operations Centre cooperates with the Peace Support Operations Training Centre of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (PSOTC B&H), Hungarian Defense Forces Peace Support Training Centre  (HDF PSTC), Hellenic Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Centre (MPSOTC), Austrian Armed Forces International Centre (AUTINT), the United Nations Training Centre of the Federal Republic of Germany Armed Forces and the Integrated Training Service of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (ITS DPO).

Tradition of the Peacekeeping Operations Centre 


Since returning to MnOp in 2002 and a ten-year break due to the war in the former SFR of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav Armed Forces and the Serbia and Montenegro Armed Forces were deployed in two UN MnOp: UNMISET in East Timor and ONUB in Burundi.

This represented the individual deployment of officers as military observers. Even this kind of individual deployment of several officers required the existence of an organizational unit that would coordinate all activities on the selection of quality staff, their equipment, preparation for performing specific duties outside the borders of our country and resolving their status during the deployment.

Since 2002, the field of multinational operations was handled by the Section for International Integration and Peacekeeping Operations at the Operational Department of the Serbia and Montenegro Armed Forces General Staff.

On October 14, 2003, the Section grew into the National Centre for Peacekeeping Missions, which was subordinated to the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Serbia and Montenegro Armed Forces. Peacekeeping Operations Centre, as the legal successor of the National Centre for Peacekeeping Missions, was established on January 1, 2005 and until May 17, 2020 was directly subordinated to the Joint Operations Command of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff, after which, the Peacekeeping Operations Centre became a unit directly subordinated to the Operations Directorate (J-3) of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff.

Day of the Peacekeeping Operations Centre is celebrated on November 17, in memory of the day when, in 1956, the advance party of the Yugoslav People's Army Detachment was sent to the UN Emergency Response Force in Sinai.

Contact information


Address: 38 Neznanog junaka St., 11 000 Belgrade
Phone: +381 (0) 11 2063 954
Fax: +381 (0) 11 3005 090
Email: pkoc@vs.rs

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