August 5, 2003 |
Leaping from white U.N. helicopters into a torrential rain, heavily armed Nigerian peacekeepers arrived in Liberia on Monday, ending weeks of uncertainty over an international rescue mission and bringing hope to desperate civilians. As the peacekeepers, dressed in camouflage and flak jackets, fanned out across the tarmac of Monrovia's Robertsfield airport and crouched in defensive positions, a crowd of jubilant people overwhelmed security to welcome them.
June 8, 2003 |
Tribal fighters attacked Bunia in an apparent grab for more land, days before international peacekeepers are to arrive, seeking to restore calm in the ravaged region. Hundreds of people fled their homes after Lendu fighters launched dawn raids on positions held by the Union of Congolese Patriots, or UPC, a group from the Hema rival ethnic group that controls the town.
May 31, 2003 |
Striving to avoid a repeat of massacres under the U.N.'s watch in Rwanda and Bosnia, the Security Council on Friday authorized a new multinational peacekeeping force for war-ravaged Congo. The French-led force of about 1,200 troops will begin arriving next week in the northeastern town of Bunia to back up U.N. peacekeepers who have been unable to prevent waves of killing by rival ethnic militias.
January 2, 2003 |
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.
November 14, 2001 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.