US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

U.S. urges Europe, Asia to do more for U.N. peacekeeping

Published November 7, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - The United States is urging countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia to commit more to U.N. peacekeeping operations around the world as Washington considers where it might be able to do the same, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Friday.

US Organizing Summit on UN Peacekeeping Next Week

Published September 16, 2014 by ABC News
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The United States is organizing a summit on U.N. peacekeeping on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week that will be addressed by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

US Leading Peacekeeping Drill in Western Ukraine

Published September 15, 2014 by Voice of America
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The U.S. military is leading peacekeeping exercises in western Ukraine involving 15 nations, as President Barack Obama prepares to host Ukraine's leader for talks at the White House later this week.

U.S. warns Russia not to intervene in Ukraine under 'peacekeeping' pretext

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Saturday that "Russia should not intervene in Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext of 'peacekeeping,'" according to a senior State Department official.

U.S. to spend up to $550 million on African rapid response forces

Published August 6, 2014 by Reuters
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The United States will announce on Wednesday plans to spend $110 million a year over the next three to five years to help African nations develop peacekeeping forces that can be rapidly deployed to head off militant threats and other crises, an Obama administration official told Reuters.

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.

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