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UN troops arrive in Ivory Coast

The first peacekeepers of a United Nations contingent have arrived in Ivory Coast after a surge in violence in the country in the past week. Thirty military officers and five civilian police officers arrived in the main city of Abidjan. Spokesman Jean Victor Nkolo said the peacekeepers have powers to use force to protect the peace process. There had been speculation that recent violence would delay the deployment of the peacekeepers. The UN force will replace French and African troops who are manning a buffer zone between the rebel-held north and government forces in the south. Full Story

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