UN Authorizes Offensive Force for Congo
Up to 3K peacekeeper troops to get 'intervention' authority to stop rebels
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2013 10:38 AM CDT
In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, M23 rebels withdraw from the eastern Congo town of Goma.   (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

(Newser) – The UN Security Council has voted for the first time to authorize a peacekeeping force to carry out offensive operations, with up to 3,000 troops based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reports the AP. The resolution is good for one year, giving the "intervention brigade" the authority to act "in a robust, highly mobile and versatile manner" to support the Congolese government and protect civilians from M23 and other rebel groups.

The UN resolution condemns M23 and other armed groups, demanding they end all violence and "permanently disband and lay down their arms." The resolution also condemns the rebels' continuing use of sexual violence and child soldiers. "I think ... what has been decided is a step toward peace enforcement," says France's UN ambassador.

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Mar 31, 2013 4:33 AM CDT
Just add to the LONG list of UN jokes.....
Mar 29, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
This is good! Go UN! http://www.heartvote.com
Mar 29, 2013 12:45 PM CDT
actually the UN has had success in Africa and many other countries, you obviously are just making generalisations that are mislead. Also, the US does not supply the weapons nor the troops for something like that. Peacekeepers are from a multitude of nations and US troops are usually regarded not a good thing to have in a peacekeeping situation as they have took much baggage politically and militarily and can't do the job nor are they wanted there to begin with. In the eastern congo, and I have been there many times for work, you will find they are mostly from India, Nepal, some african countries and others and there are 1000s there now. to go on the offensive is not the original mandate and is highly unusual. it is not their role as peace keepers so in this case, this act is significant. you might want to read a bit and understand how it all works. thx. And by the way, who would want US troops there anyway...they haven't even won a war in decades, even the illegal ones they usually start, etc.