UN to Beef Up Peacekeepers for Congo Vote

Security Council meeting on the situation
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at
UN Headquarters in New York.

“The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday to deploy a U.N. peacekeeping battalion temporarily from Burundi to Congo to help with security during the country’s first democratic elections in 40 years planned for June.

The resolution adopted by the council also authorizes the transfer of 50 military observers and a military hospital until July 1.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked the council to approve the temporary redeployment to beef up the 17,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, the world’s largest, during the election period.” [Read more]

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