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UN chief calls for special force for Congo
Associated Press
2013-03-06 07:12 AM
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Security Council to authorize a new intervention force for the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled eastern region.

Ban recommended the peace-enforcement force in a briefing to the council Tuesday.

The intervention brigade would be a special force within the existing United Nations peacekeeping operation, known as MONUSCO, and is part of a peace deal signed last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It would be allowed to conduct offensive operations against all armed groups.

The United Nations has at least 17,700 U.N. peacekeepers and 1,400 international police in Congo. They did little to stop M23 rebels from sweeping through eastern Congo last year and seized the key city of Goma.

Mineral-rich eastern Congo has been engulfed in fighting since the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

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