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UN says China offers peacekeepers for Mali

UN says China offers peacekeepers for Mali

A U.N. official says China has offered to contribute troops to a new U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, where Islamist jihadists controlled the country's north until French-led troops launched an offensive in January to oust them.
Andre-Michel Essoungou, a spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping department, told The Associated Press on Thursday that it "has received pledges and offers of contributions from a number of countries from around the world, including China."
U.N. officials and diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made, said China has offered to send a civil engineering company, comprising about 150 soldiers, and is likely to send additional peacekeepers.
The Security Council has authorized a U.N. force comprising 11,200 military personnel to replace a 6,000-member African-led mission now in Mali on July 1.


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:17 GMT+08:00