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U.N. Council May Request Foreign Force for Congo

With memories of unheeded warnings about Rwanda clearly on their minds, Security Council ambassadors today discussed the possibility of inviting a foreign military force to help avert any increase in violence in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, has called on Council members to develop “a coalition of the willing” to provide troops to end the power vacuum. Diplomats from several delegations said they hoped France would lead the effort. The French mission’s spokeswoman, emphasizing that the request went to all Council members, said the French government was studying the question. After the meeting, one United States diplomat said, “We support a member state that is willing to consider this task quickly” — an implicit nudge to the French to take on the responsibility. Full Story

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