UN Agrees To Send 3,100 More Peacekeepers To Congo

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The U.N. Security Council has agreed to send 3,100 more peacekeeping troops to conflict-wracked Congo.

Members of the 15-nation council voted unanimously Thursday morning. They say the dire situation required beefing up the 17,000-strong peacekeeping force as requested by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Some also say the increase could encourage a political resolution of the clashes between fighters loyal to rebel leader Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese army along with its allied militias that have created a humanitarian crisis.

Since the fighting erupted in August, at least 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and camps where they had previously taken refuge.

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