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Vol 51 No 2

Published 22nd January 2010


The UN looks for the exit

Internal scandals, management crises and new fighting in the east encourage the peacekeepers to leave while they can

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has until the end of April to report to the UN Security Council on the future of the peacekeeping mission, the Mission des Nations Unies en République Démocratique du Congo, whose current mandate runs out in May. The UNSC's permanent members, which foot Monuc's US$1.35 billion annual bill, want to declare the mission a success before the Congolese elections, scheduled for 2011, and to replace the peacekeeping force with a 'stabilisation' mission led by the UN Development Programme.

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