February 25, 2000 |
Alarmed by a breakdown of law and order in postwar Kosovo, the Clinton administration launched a program Thursday that would create a pool of police officers ready on short notice to come to the aid of U.N. peacekeepers around the world. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who announced the initiative, said it is intended to bolster U.N. programs, supplying temporary international police forces for countries where normal law enforcement doesn't exist. Although U.N.
December 13, 1994 |
The U.S. and French defense ministers proposed a series of measures Monday designed to make U.N. forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina better able to fight back against harassment by Serbian nationalists--as an alternative to evacuating the U.N. peacekeepers. The defense chiefs, declaring that withdrawing U.N. troops would only spread the war, called for consolidating existing U.N.
February 10, 2005 |
U.N. peacekeepers have been banned from having sex with the local population in Congo after allegations of widespread abuse of women and girls, the United Nations said. Secretary-General Kofi Annan disclosed the "non-fraternization" regulations in a letter to the Security Council in which he called for 100 extra police and French-speaking investigators to prevent abuse.
May 28, 1995 |
Bosnian Serb rebels continued to hold more than 200 U.N. soldiers hostage Saturday, and three French peacekeepers were killed after pitched battles with Serbs who captured a U.N.-held bridge near the center of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. The killing of the soldiers--the deadliest direct combat between peacekeepers and Serbs in three years of war--came just hours after French President Jacques Chirac threatened to pull out his troops unless they are given better protection.
August 5, 1995 |
Invading its breakaway Krajina region in an all-out assault, Croatia triggered international protest and stiff resistance from rebel Serbs on Friday in what is shaping up to be the biggest land battle in Europe since World War II. The Croats, attacking with tanks and mechanized vehicles behind artillery barrages, reported major gains. The Serbs, however, denied them. The United Nations reported "cautious ground advances" but said it did not have enough information to confirm the Croatian claims.
August 9, 1993 |
In the largest single loss of American life since the international community went to Somalia's rescue last December, four U.S. soldiers died Sunday when gunmen ambushed a U.N. peacekeeping convoy in Mogadishu. President Clinton pledged to take "appropriate action" against those responsible. The soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a land mine in southern Mogadishu and the convoy in which they were riding came under attack.
April 9, 1993 |
U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said violence will not scare U.N. peacekeepers away from fulfilling their mission to bring peace to Cambodia. He spoke to the staff of the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia shortly after a Japanese U.N. election official was assassinated in central Kompong Thom province in the sixth killing of a peacekeeper in two weeks. Initial U.N. military reports blamed the killing of Atsuhito Nakata, 25, and his Cambodian interpreter on the Khmer Rouge.
December 30, 1995 |
A Belgian officer who helped lead the U.N. peacekeeping force in Rwanda last year has been charged with negligent homicide in the massacre of 10 of his men by Rwandan soldiers. Col. Luc Marchal, who served as second-in-command of the U.N. force, will stand trial in a military tribunal charged with "homicide by lack of foresight and precaution," the army said in a statement Friday.
May 29, 1995 |
Bosnia's foreign minister was killed Sunday when his helicopter was shot down over Serb-held territory, and Bosnian Serbs stepped up their defiance of the world's major powers by capturing yet another group of U.N. hostages, this time Britons. Serbs in neighboring Croatia, who are allied with the Bosnian Serbs, claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter carrying Bosnian Foreign Minister Irfan Ljubijankic. He was the highest-ranking government official killed in three years of war.
September 9, 1992 |
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa's Cabinet completed plans Tuesday to send 1,128 Japanese troops and 75 civilian police to take part in the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Cambodia. "Now Japan can make a great contribution to world peace not only in money but in manpower," Miyazawa said after making the decision to implement the first post-World War II overseas deployment of Japanese ground troops.