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Security Council to Discuss Peacekeeping Build-up in Ivory Coast


The United Nations Security Council is expected to discuss a build-up of peacekeeping troops in Ivory Coast later Monday.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has officially requested the transfer of 200 additional peacekeepers and a police unit from Liberia to protect U.N. personnel and property.

On Sunday, Mr. Annan urged the Council for a quick approval. He said in a statement that he is deeply concerned by continued threats against U.N. personnel and by reports that more violent protests and attacks are being planned.

The U.N. evacuated hundreds of staffers from Ivory Coast last month after supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo assaulted U.N. compounds.

The U.N. currently has 7,000 peacekeepers in Ivory Coast, working with 4,000 French troops trying to uphold a shaky peace agreement.

The West African nation has been divided into a rebel-held north and government-controlled south since a 2002 civil war.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.