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UN Approves Ivory Coast Mission

The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to send a new peacekeeping mission to Ivory Coast to try to enforce a fragile ceasefire between government and rebel troops. The new resolution authorises the establishment of a small force of up to 76 military observers in the West African nation, which has suffered eight months of civil war. The resolution was adopted just hours after the Security Council postponed a fact-finding mission to West Africa which would have included a stop in Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast, the world’s leading cocoa producer, was thrown into chaos by a mutiny last September which grew into a full-scale rebellion, with rebels seizing control of the north of the country. Greg Barrow, the BBC’s correspondent at UN headquarters in New York, says the token force will work alongside UN humanitarian agencies and the UN special representative. Full Story

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