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October 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Haiti's interim prime minister accused ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of directing a wave of violence from exile, while 95 Chinese police arrived for their first U.N. peacekeeping role in the Western Hemisphere. The Chinese joined an overextended peacekeeping force that has struggled to keep order in Port-au-Prince. At least 55 people have been killed in clashes since Sept. 30, when Aristide's supporters took to the streets.
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November 2, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Their behavior was scandalous: Soldiers traded their guns for gold. They sexually abused children they were supposed to protect. They barricaded themselves in their barracks rather than fight. And that unruly U.N. peacekeeping force was actually the better of the two armies fighting a notorious rebel movement in eastern Congo, scene of one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. Meantime, the Congolese army's efforts were led by rival commanders who competed for looting rights.
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October 30, 1988 | Associated Press
The Japanese government has donated $1 million to support international peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, a news report said Friday. The money will back an 11-nation military presence along the Israel-Egypt border, Kyodo News Service said. The force was deployed in the Sinai peninsula in 1982 to monitor observance with the Israeli-Egyptian peace accord signed in 1979.
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February 14, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
A request by Arab foreign ministers that a joint Arab-U.N. peacekeeping team be dispatched to Syria met little international enthusiasm Monday as the death toll mounted in the battleground city of Homs and elsewhere. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that the continued violence in Syria rendered the idea of a peacekeeping mission somewhat premature, but that his nation was studying the Arab League proposal. Such missions "need first to have a peace to support," Lavrov told reporters at a news conference in the Russian capital.
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January 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Calling for an end to violence in southern Lebanon, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to cut the U.N. force that is helping to restore peace after Israel's troop withdrawal in May. The council urged Lebanon to deploy its troops throughout the territory "to ensure the return of its effective authority and presence in the south." Lebanon has so far refused to send its army to the border, saying it does not want its soldiers to serve as Israel's border guards.
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October 19, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Georgian leader Eduard A. Shevardnadze, his army disintegrating along with his country, asked Russia on Monday for a peacekeeping force to help stave off an armed rebellion that threatens to topple him. Shevardnadze sent his prime minister to Moscow a day after rebels loyal to a former president seized the western city of Samtredia and severed the last rail link between the capital, Tbilisi, and Georgia's Black Sea coast.
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April 20, 2001 | Associated Press
The Bush administration, skeptical about long-term peacekeeping operations, may pull U.S. troops from a multinational force along the quiet border between Israel and Egypt. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has raised the idea with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose nations signed a peace treaty in 1979. Neither leader is keen on the idea, and a final decision has not been made, the Pentagon and State Department said Thursday.
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July 7, 1992 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and the other leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States agreed Monday to form a peacekeeping force to stop ethnic violence. The force could begin its work in the war-torn southern republic of Moldova before the end of this month. In a news conference after a one-day summit of Commonwealth leaders, Yeltsin said that the foreign and defense ministers of the member states will design the composition and structure of the peacekeeping force by July 15.
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June 21, 2002 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under a scorching sun, Britain handed over command of the multinational peacekeeping force here to Turkey on Thursday, the first change of leadership since the troops arrived six months ago. The hand-over came at a particularly uncertain moment in the country's new life. Afghanistan's transitional president, Hamid Karzai, was chosen last week and key members of his Cabinet were just approved Wednesday by a loya jirga, or grand council, of delegates from around the nation.
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August 21, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
A visiting United Nations envoy warned Sunday that breaches of the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah could hamper attempts to build a 15,000-member international peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon by alarming governments already reluctant to commit troops.
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February 12, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
Arab leaders meeting in Cairo on Sunday called for a renewed United Nations attempt to help halt violence in Syria, asking the Security Council to create a joint Arab-U.N. peacekeeping force to oversee implementation of a prospective cease-fire. The Arab League request came eight days after a league initiative that called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to cede power was vetoed by Russia and China in the Security Council. Whether the latest Arab League measure would win their approval was unclear.
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October 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
European Union monitors started their patrols of Georgian territory near the separatist republic of South Ossetia today, in line with a French-brokered peace deal. The monitors are unarmed and traveling in light armored vehicles. Russia, which backs South Ossetia and another breakaway republic, Abkhazia, warned Tuesday that it would not allow monitors into a buffer zone around South Ossetia. The Russian statement appeared to be another example of Moscow stalling on compliance with the cease-fire agreement it reached after the August war with Georgia.
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June 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Police detained 14 Russian peacekeepers near Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia who Georgian officials said were transporting antitank rockets without permission, a charge Moscow denied. Ties between Russia and Georgia have deteriorated sharply in recent months since Moscow bolstered economic support for separatists in Abkhazia and increased its peacekeeping presence there, which Georgia opposes. Abkhazia is a stretch of land between the Black Sea and Russia that broke away from the former Soviet republic of Georgia in a war after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.
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April 2, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Darfur's long-hobbled peace process has all but collapsed, principals here say, raising questions about the viability of a new U.N. peacekeeping force and the future of an international aid campaign approaching its sixth year. Since a much-hyped Libyan peace conference fell apart last fall, a joint U.N.-African Union mediation effort has reported little progress in reaching a resolution or even getting players to the negotiating table.
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February 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
NATO peacekeepers reopened two demolished border checkpoints between Serbia and northern Kosovo on Wednesday as thousands of Serbs protested Kosovo's independence. For three days, Kosovo's Serbs have shown their anger over Sunday's declaration of independence by the ethnic Albanian leadership, destroying United Nations and NATO property, setting off small bombs and staging noisy rallies.
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February 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Armored U.N. vehicles were guarding East Timor's leaders today and a beefed-up contingent of Australian troops patrolled streets and searched cars in the wake of rebel attacks Monday on the president and prime minister. The army chief has blamed the United Nations, which oversees a 1,400-member international police force, for failing to protect the country's top leaders and demanded an outside investigation. But the U.N.
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September 13, 1994 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton Administration, laying the groundwork for a yearlong multinational occupation of Haiti, announced Monday that a total of 17 other countries have agreed to send 1,500 police and military personnel to the island nation--as long as U.S. forces go ashore first. Officials said the new force commitments will save the United States from being stuck with sole responsibility for the potentially dangerous mission of policing Haiti after an invasion.
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March 12, 1999 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By a margin of just 28 votes, the House endorsed the deployment of U.S. peacekeeping troops to Kosovo late Thursday, avoiding a decision that President Clinton said would have torpedoed efforts to end a year of conflict in the rebellious region. The House approved a nonbinding resolution expressing congressional support for sending U.S.
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January 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A joint African-United Nations force took over peacekeeping duties in Darfur, a long-awaited change that is intended to be the strongest effort yet to solve the humanitarian crisis. But many warn that its prospects are grim and that if it fails, it will only worsen Sudan's 4 1/2 -year conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people. The force -- at 9,000 soldiers and policemen -- is only a little larger than the beleaguered and ineffectual African Union peacekeeping mission it replaces.
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December 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Anti-government rebels declared a "state of war" against French and foreign military forces in an apparent warning to a European Union peacekeeping force that plans to deploy soon in eastern Chad. The EU force, about half of which will be French, is preparing to deploy near the border with Sudan in coming weeks to protect refugees and aid workers.
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