U.N. Security Council raises number of troops in Sierra Leone by 2,000

May 20, 2000|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council increased the number of soldiers allowed in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone by 2,000 yesterday and is likely to expand the force by several thousand more in the next week or two.

The Sierra Leone mission, originally limited to 11,000 soldiers by the council, is the largest U.N. peacekeeping operation.

The increase was required after reinforcements from Bangladesh, Jordan and India arrived this week

Those troops were expected to push the force above the limit set in February, before the United Nations took over peacekeeping in Sierra Leone from a regional contingent led by Nigeria.

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