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UN Security Council gives green light to peacekeepers for Ivory Coast

The UN Security Council approved a resolution to send 6,240 peacekeepers to Ivory Coast. The resolution sets up the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) for an initial period of 12 months starting from April 4. It will aim to keep the peace in the west African country that has been rocked by a political-military crisis since the beginning of an armed rebellion in September 2002. UNOCI was due to have a military strength of a maximum of 6,240 United Nations personnel, including 200 military observers and 120 staff officers, and up to 350 civilian police officers. France currently has 4,000 troops in the country, alongside forces from African nations monitoring a ceasefire between government forces and rebels who launched an uprising in September 2002. Full Story

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