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October 23, 1999 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.N. Security Council voted Friday to send a 6,000-member force to Sierra Leone to help restore peace after an eight-year civil war in the African nation. On Monday, the U.N. is expected to approve sending 10,000 troops and police officers to East Timor to take over peacekeeping duties from an Australian-led multinational force. Combined, the two new forces will double the number of U.N. peacekeepers deployed globally, and plans are underway to send as many as 20,000 peacekeepers to Congo.
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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.
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August 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Security Council voted unanimously Monday to create a court aimed at prosecuting rebel leaders in Sierra Leone suspected of killing and maiming tens of thousands of helpless civilians. "We hope that those people who have constantly violated all the rules of national and international behavior, who have committed such gross violations of human rights, will understand that the noose continues to tighten around them," U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said. Sierra Leonean U.N.
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August 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Security Council voted unanimously Monday to create a court aimed at prosecuting rebel leaders in Sierra Leone suspected of killing and maiming tens of thousands of helpless civilians. "We hope that those people who have constantly violated all the rules of national and international behavior, who have committed such gross violations of human rights, will understand that the noose continues to tighten around them," U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said. Sierra Leonean U.N.
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February 8, 2000 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Security Council on Monday doubled the number of U.N. troops to be deployed in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, giving them new powers to defend themselves and civilians after several embarrassing incidents in which peacekeepers in charge of disarmament were stripped of their own arms by rebels. The council voted unanimously to increase the force from 6,000 to 11,100, which will make it the U.N.'s largest field operation. The U.N.
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July 28, 2000 | From Reuters
The United States circulated a Security Council resolution Thursday to set up a special mixed Sierra Leone-international court to prosecute rebels accused of the worst atrocities in the war-ravaged West African nation. U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said the draft was "endorsed in its general framework by all the other" council members during closed-door consultations. He said he hoped that it would be voted on next week.
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May 30, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
West African leaders agreed to send 3,000 troops to Sierra Leone to help U.N. peacekeepers who have suffered rebel attacks and seen their colleagues kidnapped. Although a statement released by the heads of state meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, did not specify how many troops would be sent, officials at the conference said on condition of anonymity that leaders had endorsed a proposal made by regional defense ministers two weeks ago to send 3,000 soldiers, most of them Nigerian.
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May 10, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With the Clinton administration offering economic and technical support, West African leaders agreed Tuesday to consider sending a Nigerian-led military force to restore order in Sierra Leone, a step that would amount to a vote of no confidence in beleaguered U.N. peacekeepers.
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October 9, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Responding to an appeal by West Africans, the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Sierra Leone to pressure the military junta to restore the civilian government it ousted in May. The sanctions require all U.N. member states to bar junta leaders and their families from their territory. The sanctions also impose an oil and arms embargo on the West African nation.
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May 4, 2000 | From Reuters
The U.N. peacekeeping operation in Sierra Leone, poised to become the world's largest, has suffered its first combat fatalities, as rebels who fought in the civil war killed seven Kenyans in a dispute over disarmament. U.N. officials said the peacekeepers were killed in clashes with Revolutionary United Front followers of rebel leader Foday Sankoh in the central towns of Makeni and Magburaka on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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July 28, 2000 | From Reuters
The United States circulated a Security Council resolution Thursday to set up a special mixed Sierra Leone-international court to prosecute rebels accused of the worst atrocities in the war-ravaged West African nation. U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke said the draft was "endorsed in its general framework by all the other" council members during closed-door consultations. He said he hoped that it would be voted on next week.
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July 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday imposed an embargo on diamond exports from Sierra Leone, where a thriving gems-for-guns trade is fueling a simmering civil war. The vote was 14 to 0, with Mali abstaining in protest at the resolution's mentioning Liberia as a conduit for the illegal diamonds. Mali said it opposed the reference to illegal diamonds being shipped through Liberian territory because regional nations have not completed an investigation into the allegations.
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June 3, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Perhaps peace is proving so hard to come by in this bloodied West African country because few people here are who they seem to be. Sierra Leone is a quicksand of alliances, a place where it is impossible to get firm footing without sinking deeper into a quagmire of fleeting allegiances. Yesterday's enemy is today's friend. Today's friend is tomorrow's enemy. Traitors become heroes, and heroes traitors; combatants turn peacekeepers, and peacekeepers combatants.
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May 30, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
West African leaders agreed to send 3,000 troops to Sierra Leone to help U.N. peacekeepers who have suffered rebel attacks and seen their colleagues kidnapped. Although a statement released by the heads of state meeting in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, did not specify how many troops would be sent, officials at the conference said on condition of anonymity that leaders had endorsed a proposal made by regional defense ministers two weeks ago to send 3,000 soldiers, most of them Nigerian.
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May 23, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a day of highs and lows for the U.N. peacekeeping mission, 29 captured peacekeepers were freed Monday in neighboring Liberia, but the remains of several men in U.N. uniforms were discovered by government forces northeast of here. United Nations spokesman David Wimhurst said the skeletal remains of about half a dozen men were found in U.N. uniforms bearing Zambian insignia. Several of the men had been shot in the head.
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May 15, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.N. officials acknowledged Sunday that they expect to remain in this war-weary West African nation for the long term, raising hopes among residents here that the international body will not forsake their tattered country. The U.N. officials said their priority will be securing the release of hundreds of their peacekeepers taken captive by rebels of the Revolutionary United Front, or RUF. The Washington Post reported that the rebels released 157 U.N.
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May 23, 2000 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a day of highs and lows for the U.N. peacekeeping mission, 29 captured peacekeepers were freed Monday in neighboring Liberia, but the remains of several men in U.N. uniforms were discovered by government forces northeast of here. United Nations spokesman David Wimhurst said the skeletal remains of about half a dozen men were found in U.N. uniforms bearing Zambian insignia. Several of the men had been shot in the head.
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May 15, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.N. officials acknowledged Sunday that they expect to remain in this war-weary West African nation for the long term, raising hopes among residents here that the international body will not forsake their tattered country. The U.N. officials said their priority will be securing the release of hundreds of their peacekeepers taken captive by rebels of the Revolutionary United Front, or RUF. The Washington Post reported that the rebels released 157 U.N.
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May 15, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just 12 years after it was judged worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, U.N. peacekeeping has hit rock bottom in Sierra Leone, with troops so badly equipped and poorly led that they are unable even to protect themselves, let alone a highly vulnerable civilian population. Although U.N. officials in the West African nation's capital, Freetown, insist that they will not turn tail and run despite the humiliation of a rebel maneuver that cut off about 500 U.N.
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May 10, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With the Clinton administration offering economic and technical support, West African leaders agreed Tuesday to consider sending a Nigerian-led military force to restore order in Sierra Leone, a step that would amount to a vote of no confidence in beleaguered U.N. peacekeepers.
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