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U.N. Creates Peacekeeping Operation for Liberia

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved up to 15,000 peacekeepers for Liberia on Friday to help rebuild the country and stop marauding militias from robbing and raping. The U.S.-drafted resolution creating the new operation would also include 250 military observers, 160 staff officers and 1,115 international police. It would integrate some of the West African soldiers there now into the U.N. force by Oct. 1. The 15-member council created the mandate for a year, subject to renewal. But the force is expected to take 3-4 months to get on the ground. Nigeria has been the major player in peace efforts in Liberia, where its troops make up the bulk of a 3,500-strong West African peacekeeping force. Its peacekeepers helped subdue violence in the capital, Monrovia, but not in rural areas. Full Story

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