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January 2, 2003 | From Associated Press
The European Union hoisted its dark blue banner Wednesday to officially mark the transfer of peacekeeping duties from the United Nations, while NATO-led troops handed over control of Sarajevo's airport to Bosnian authorities. The U.N.'s mission concluded Tuesday after a decade in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Stunned by the swift fall of Afghanistan's capital city, Pakistan appealed Tuesday for a quick withdrawal of the victorious Northern Alliance army and installation of a U.N.-sponsored peacekeeping force to fill the vacuum left by fleeing Taliban troops. "Pakistan holds the view that the Northern Alliance forces must not occupy Kabul," Foreign Ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan said.
June 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend for a year the peacekeeping mission in Congo in hopes of overseeing the withdrawal of foreign forces and disarming combatants. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan can decide at any time over the next year to increase the number of peacekeepers to their authorized strength of 5,537 troops and military observers, up from 2,366, the resolution said.
June 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Ethnic Albanian rebels demanded a deployment of NATO peacekeepers in Macedonia before accepting any peace proposal offered by the government to end the nation's crisis. The demand came as Macedonian Slav and key ethnic Albanian political leaders prepared to consider a peace plan drafted by President Boris Trajkovski. The rebels are insisting that NATO guarantee a proposed cease-fire and that a political agreement be policed by alliance troops.
April 7, 2001 | Associated Press
Bosnian Croats stoned NATO peacekeepers, overturned vehicles and attacked employees of international organizations Friday after police and troops seized a major bank used by Bosnian Croat nationalists seeking to form their own ministate. Twenty-one peacekeepers--including two Americans--were slightly injured in the melee in the southern city of Mostar, NATO spokesman Lt. Lars Anderson said. The others injured were from Italy, France, Spain and Morocco, he said.
February 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Ethiopia will withdraw its troops from Eritrean territory to allow U.N. peacekeepers to patrol a buffer zone on the disputed border, the United Nations said. U.N. special envoy Legwaila Joseph Legwaila said Ethiopia's withdrawal will be completed by Feb. 26. Eritrean forces will be redeployed to the edge of the 15-mile buffer zone--which lies inside Eritrea--by March 3, he said. A two-year border war between the neighbors ended with the signing of a peace deal in December.
December 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
American and British peacekeepers patrolling Kosovo's volatile border area detained 13 people Wednesday and seized a cache of weapons believed destined for ethnic Albanian rebels operating in southern Serbia. Troops stopped the men in Draghibac Mala, 35 miles southeast of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, and found machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades, as well as military uniforms and maps in their vehicle, the peacekeepers said in a statement. The 13 men were taken to the U.
November 7, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.N. spokesman denied that U.N. forces opened fire on protesters over the weekend in an incident that injured at least 13 people. Witnesses said Sunday that U.N. peacekeepers and Sierra Leone police fired to disperse hundreds of youths in Freetown, the capital, who were demanding the lifting of a curfew. But U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard in New York said: "The impression we have is that the U.N. troops were basically trying to restore order. They say they did not fire their weapons."
November 6, 2000 | Associated Press
U.N. peacekeepers and Sierra Leone police opened fire Sunday to disperse hundreds of tire-burning youths demanding the lifting of a curfew, witnesses said. At least 13 civilians, including two children, were wounded. British soldiers tried to calm the predawn demonstration stemming from public anger over a spate of armed robberies during curfew hours, which the government of this war-ravaged West African nation has imposed in an effort to prevent rebel attacks. The youths said the 11 p.m.
October 11, 2000 | From Reuters
NATO said Tuesday that its 65,000-strong force in the Balkans will remain to provide security and stability despite Yugoslavia's peaceful revolution and signs of easing tensions in the region. NATO defense ministers meeting here insisted that ousted Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, who has been indicted for war crimes, must be brought to international trial despite the reluctance of his successor, Vojislav Kostunica, to hand him over.
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