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UN seeks better links between its peace missions in Africa

The United Nations is looking at ways to increase co-ordination between the rising number of its peacekeeping missions in Africa, as it faces growing constraints on the availability of troops for policing the continent’s inter-related crises. UN diplomats said there were proposals to allow different missions to use each other’s facilities, such as trucks and aircraft. Officials say they are also discussing whether troops working on one mission can be moved across borders if they are needed elsewhere. Diplomats said this co-ordinated approach was likely to be reflected in a new peacekeeping mandate for Ivory Coast, which could receive a 6,240-strong UN force under proposals to be voted on by the Security Council this month. UN officials from west African conflict zones are due to meet in Senegal today to discuss co-ordinating their approach to ending civil wars, in a region where conflicts have frequently crossed national borders. Full Story

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