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.
November 7, 2000 |
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 |
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 |
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.
September 22, 2000 |
After the fourth U.N. aid worker in a month was killed this week, thousands of U.N. staffers around the world took part Thursday in silent marches to draw attention to the number of their colleagues who have died in the line of duty and to ask for better protection. In front of U.N. headquarters in New York, more than 1,000 employees wearing black armbands and carrying photos of their slain colleagues marched solemnly around a fountain. The world body's flag was lowered to half-staff while U.N.
September 5, 2000 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a stark warning to member states that they are not doing enough to back the organization's peacekeeping role. Annan signaled that this week's Millennium Summit will be "no celebration" for more than 150 heads of state and government coming to New York in an attempt to reinvigorate the world body. Annan cited the genocide in Rwanda as an example of what he sees as some rich countries putting national interests ahead of humanitarian ones.