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.
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.
May 17, 2000 |
Ninety-three exhausted Zambian and Kenyan U.N. peacekeepers, held hostage for two weeks in the bush by rebels in Sierra Leone, flew back to this government-controlled capital late Tuesday from neighboring Liberia. But there was no sign of progress in efforts to secure the release of about 350 U.N. troops of many nationalities still apparently being held by the Revolutionary United Front.
May 22, 2000 |
They arrived here Sunday night under the cover of darkness, their sunken eyes and wobbly legs visible only in the flickering lights of a United Nations cargo plane. Some had no shoes. Others wore borrowed clothing. Three were taken away in an ambulance. In all, 54 soldiers, among more than 500 U.N. peacekeepers taken hostage by rebels in Sierra Leone this month, were flown back to U.N.