December 9, 1994 |
President Clinton formally offered Thursday to send up to 20,000 U.S. ground troops to help evacuate the U.N. peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina if the allies decide to withdraw in the face of increased harassment and hostage-taking by nationalist Serbian forces there. Pentagon officials said the United States would probably supply between 40% and 50% of an allied evacuation force of up to 45,000 troops. The U.S.
December 11, 1988 |
Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of U.N. peacekeeping troops Saturday and said their success illustrates a new mood of understanding and common sense in the world. But Perez de Cuellar also said the peacekeepers' crucial mission is threatened because the United States and other nations don't pay their dues to the world body.
July 9, 1995 |
Rebel Serbs fired a barrage of tank shells and launched an infantry assault on the outskirts of an eastern Bosnian enclave Saturday. A U.N. peacekeeper was killed by government troops while fleeing the onslaught. The Dutch soldier was the 67th peacekeeper killed in combat in the former Yugoslavia since 1992. NATO warplanes were called in after Serbs attacked the enclave and shelled a U.N. observation post, but air strikes were not requested, U.N.
April 18, 1994 |
Bosnian Serb tanks thundered into the rapidly collapsing city of Gorazde on Sunday, just hours after U.N. officials had proclaimed victory in negotiating a cease-fire with the rebels. Triggering mass panic in the largest government-held enclave in eastern Bosnia, the Serbian invasion pressed on despite a call by the U.N. Protection Force for more air strikes against Serbian heavy weaponry firing on the city designated a U.N.-protected safe area.
June 17, 1995 |
The dramatic rescue of downed American pilot Scott F. O'Grady last week demanded intricate planning, timing and coordination. But the next rabbit that NATO may have to extract from the Bosnian lair could be monumentally tougher to get out. Multiply one pilot by 50,000 United Nations peacekeepers in the Balkans.
February 28, 1995 |
Their fingers crossed in hopes of avoiding a repeat of bloodshed here, U.S. Marines splashed ashore in Somalia early today to conclude a misadventure that hardened America's heart to troubles in far-off corners of the globe and deepened its doubts about being the world's policeman.
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.