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More U.N. peacekeepers for Congo

November 21, 2008|A Times Staff Writer

THE UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday authorized increasing the number of peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by as many as 2,785 military personnel and 300 police. Now it's up to the United Nations peacekeeping operations to recruit volunteers from among the armed forces of member states.

The majority of the 17,000 soldiers already in the region are Indian or Pakistani. Neither the United States nor the European Union is expected to send troops, though they may provide hardware such as helicopters and transport planes.

France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Maurice Ripert, told journalists that his country was trying to convince other EU members to at least help distribute aid to the region.

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