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U.N. Approves Ivory Coast Peacekeepers

The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved the deployment of more than 6,000 U.N. peacekeepers for war-divided Ivory Coast. The United States will not contribute any troops to the force, but Congress must approve the request because Washington pays 27 percent of U.N. peacekeeping costs. Last month, France circulated a draft resolution calling for a 6,240-strong U.N. force and 150 civilian police to replace the 1,000 West African troops and 150 police now in the former French colony. More than 4,000 French troops trying to help keep the peace will remain in the country but will not be part of the U.N. force. Full Story

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