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Mali urges aggressive overhaul of U.N. peacekeeping mission

Jun 25, 2014    

MALABO (Reuters) - Mali called on the United Nations to speed up deploying the remainder of its promised 12,000-member peacekeeping force and station more troops in the West African nation's turbulent north.Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, said the U.N. mission in Mali (MINUSMA) had so far deployed only 8,000 troops and less than half of the promised logistical resources.The mission began in July 2013 after a French-led military campaign defeated armed Islamist groups who had seized control of Ma...

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