DRC: UN to withdraw 2000 troops

2010-05-31 10:35

New York - The UN Security Council voted on Friday to authorise the withdrawal of up to 2 000 peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo but put off a decision on a full withdrawal of the force as sought by Kinshasa.

The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that "authorises the withdrawal of up to 2 000 UN military personnel by June 30 2010 from areas where the security situation permits."

It also extended the mandate of the UN force in the African nation called Monuc until that date and decided that the contingent would be renamed the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission (Moonusco) as of July 1.