March 9, 2004
The United States moves to topple the isolated president of a disordered nation but fails to plan adequately for the violent aftermath, even though it was widely anticipated. U.S. and other military forces are too few and ill prepared to maintain order. Haiti is not Iraq. It is smaller, its problems are more quantifiable and it is not sundered by religious and ethnic divisions.
March 12, 1989 |
Early in April, U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar will make a routine appointment. A Canadian will take command of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus, UNFICYP. Two years ago, unthinkable. Soviet opposition would have prevented an officer of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization from taking such a post. Today, not a murmur. Another sign that decades of Cold War have faded. Perhaps this time for good, or perhaps only for the moment, as in previous thaws.
September 20, 1994 |
After the bloody debacle in Somalia that led to withdrawal of American forces in March, the United Nations was not expected to take on a similar mission anytime soon. But on paper at least, the U.N. takeover from American troops in Haiti due to take place in a few months bears a troubling resemblance to the ill-fated succession in Africa. Nevertheless, analysts do not expect a repeat.
July 17, 2003 |
Faced with mounting casualties and costs, the Bush administration said Wednesday that it was talking with foreign leaders about broadening U.N. authority in Iraq, even as a key commander said the Pentagon would extend the tours of war-weary U.S. troops to a full year to fight what has become a guerrilla war. Until now, the administration has sought to limit U.N. activities in Iraq to humanitarian relief and has sought assistance from other countries on a nation-by-nation basis. A U.S.
July 25, 2000 |
Lebanon agreed to allow U.N. peacekeepers to deploy along its border with Israel this week, the United Nations said Monday, after the last of Israeli encroachments across the frontier ended. Two months after Israel ended its 22-year occupation of southern Lebanon, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan informed the Security Council late Monday that the long-sought U.N. peacekeeper deployment would take place Wednesday. He said the deployment by the U.N.
October 17, 1991 |
The U.N. Security Council approved sending an advance force of peacekeepers to Cambodia. The initial contingent is scheduled to go to the Southeast Asian country after an accord ending 13 years of civil war between a Hanoi-backed government and three guerrilla factions is signed next week.