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WORLD
December 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Thrusting AK-47s in the air one last time, Liberian fighters began surrendering weapons to United Nations peacekeepers, a major step toward ending 14 years of war. The U.N.-supervised campaign to disarm 40,000 rebel and government fighters nationwide began in the capital, Monrovia. The disarmament comes after an August peace deal and the exile of President Charles Taylor.
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WORLD
November 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
The first U.N. peace missions to Liberia's rebel-held east have found villages deserted except for looting insurgents, and terrorized civilians in the grip of rebels or lying dead in the bush. An Associated Press reporter accompanying Gen. Daniel Opande, the Kenyan commander of Liberia's 3-month-old U.N. peace force, saw hamlet after hamlet bloodied by pillaging fighters or persistent clashes between rebels and government hard-liners.
WORLD
October 14, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Security Council voted unanimously Monday to expand the 5,500-strong NATO-led force in Afghanistan to areas beyond the capital. The vote, which had been expected, comes after Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on the world body last month to deploy peacekeepers into lawless regions. The Afghan government, which took over after a U.S.
WORLD
August 5, 2003 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
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.
WORLD
June 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
May 31, 2003 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
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.
WORLD
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.
NEWS
November 14, 2001 | RONE TEMPEST and MEGAN K. STACK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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