US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

Blog: Kerry should use first African visit to shore up support for peacekeeping missions

Published May 2, 2014 by Stimson Center
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BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's first trip to sub-Saharan Africa is underway, and there is no better time to focus world attention on halting atrocities in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo through more effective UN peacekeeping.

Congress members urge US Government for enabling MINURSO to hold referendum

Published May 1, 2014 by Sahara Press Service
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Washington, May 1, 2014 (SPS) -  Members of Congress urged Thursday the US Government to exert efforts to enable the UN Mission for the referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to carry its mandate to hold the referendum on the status of Western Sahara, in a letter to Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry.

Morocco seeks to pre-empt UN rights debate on W.Sahara

Published March 18, 2014 by Global Post
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Morocco is seeking to forestall UN Security Council debate on its rights record in Western Sahara when the mandate of the territory's peacekeepers is renewed, with several reform announcements.

Last year, Washington sought to task the peacekeeping force, known as MINURSO, with human rights monitoring in Western Sahara, an unexpected move fiercely opposed by Morocco, which controls most of the disputed territory and is highly sensitive to criticism of its policies there.

Blog: Serbia's Growing Role as a UN Peacekeeping Troop Contributor

Published March 9, 2014 by DipNote
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Only decades removed from the conflicts in its own recent history, the Republic of Serbia is clearly demonstrating its commitment to promoting peace and security by working to train and equip its armed forces to take part in international peacekeeping. The United States is supporting Serbia’s efforts to take on this important mission through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) -- a State Department-led effort to help meet the growing global demand for trained peacekeeping personnel.

Central African Republic: Political Wrangling Stymies Car Peacekeeping Force

Published March 3, 2014 by All Africa
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United Nations — Budget constraints in Washington and obstinacy at the highest levels of the African Union (AU) have combined to dangerously delay a possible U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to sources close to negotiations currently underway in New York.

3-star AFRICOM commander details future missions on the continent

Published February 10, 2014 by Military Times
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The Marine Corps’ partnership with African military forces is likely to expand as those nations look to the U.S. for the training and expertise they need to combat violent extremist organizations, insurgencies, piracy or threatening neighbors, according to a top officer at U.S. Africa Command.

Fifteen of the 20 most fragile nations in the world — those on the brink of collapse — are in Africa, as are more than half the U.S. embassies that the State Department calls “high risk” and in need of additional Marine security guards.

Central African Republic violence: US to fly in peacekeepers

Published December 9, 2013 by BBC News
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The US is to help fly African Union peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic (CAR), officials say.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered US forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic," his spokesman said in a statement.

U.S. pledges $40 million for Central Africa peacekeepers as violence escalates

Published November 20, 2013 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - The United States expressed concern on Wednesday about growing violence and lawlessness in Central African Republic and pledged $40 million toward an African Union-led peacekeeping force to bolster security throughout the country and protect civilians.

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