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UN Approves Peacekeepers for Ivory Coast

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a new peacekeeping mission in the Ivory Coast on Tuesday with a maximum of 76 military observers to help enforce a fragile cease-fire in the West African nation’s eight-month civil war. With massacres reported daily, the council’s resolution establishes for six months a U.N. Mission in Cote d’Ivoire, known by the French acronym MINUCI. The mission will also include a small number of civilian officials for political, legal, humanitarian and human rights issues. The military officers are to work with a West African force and the 4,000 French soldiers in the country as well as the Ivory Coast military and rebel militia to give advice and monitor a January cease-fire. The mission would serve for an initial six months, subject to renewal. Full Story

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