May 8, 2000 |
United Nations officials said they would step up efforts today to find hundreds of peacekeepers taken hostage or missing in Sierra Leone after the threat of a rebel attack on the capital appeared to recede. The first British paratroops, meanwhile, were due later in the day in neighboring Senegal after Britain's decision Sunday to send five warships and about 1,600 soldiers to West Africa to help any of its citizens who may need to be airlifted out. Bernard Miyet, U.N.
May 27, 2000 |
At least 46 United Nations peacekeepers were freed Friday by Sierra Leonean rebels and sent to neighboring Liberia, and officials there said more were on the way. U.N. spokesman David Wimhurst said the latest releases raised expectations that the monthlong hostage crisis, which has rocked the troubled peacekeeping mission, was drawing to a close. "We are cautiously optimistic that this will be resolved in the very near future," Wimhurst said here.
May 16, 2000 |
U.N. officials confirmed Monday that 157 U.N. peacekeepers taken hostage in this battle-scarred nation had been freed, in a much-needed boost both to the international mission here and to hopes that a logjam preventing a peace deal could soon end. Sunday's release of the captives--soldiers from a U.N. peacekeeping mission known as UNAMSIL--was secured by Liberian President Charles Taylor, previously known to be a sponsor of the rebel Revolutionary United Front.
August 7, 1999 |
Sierra Leone's feared rebel leader ordered rogue allies to free a group of hostages seized earlier this week and downplayed the threat the incident could pose to the West African country's fragile peace. Foday Sankoh's comments came as negotiators sought the release of about three dozen captured U.N. employees, aid workers, journalists and West African peacekeepers. Two hostages were freed Thursday night, including the only American.
July 18, 2000 |
One Indian U.N. peacekeeper was killed and seven peacekeepers were injured during the weekend raid to free more than 200 U.N. soldiers who were surrounded by rebels, the U.N. commander in Sierra Leone said. "We managed to extricate all the 233 peacekeepers, and in doing so we had one fatal casualty and seven injured," said Indian Gen. Vijay Kumar Jetley, the force commander. "This is the price we have to pay." U.N. officials previously had said that four peacekeepers were injured.
May 23, 2000 |
In a day of highs and lows for the U.N. peacekeeping mission, 29 captured peacekeepers were freed Monday in neighboring Liberia, but the remains of several men in U.N. uniforms were discovered by government forces northeast of here. United Nations spokesman David Wimhurst said the skeletal remains of about half a dozen men were found in U.N. uniforms bearing Zambian insignia. Several of the men had been shot in the head.