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UN Security Council approves expansion of troops in DR Congo

[JURIST] The UN Security Council passed a resolution late Friday to authorize the addition of nearly 6,000 more troops to the peacekeeping force currently in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The unanimous vote came after Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated his belief that the forces in the Congo needed around 24,000 troops to adequately do their job.

The forces approved by the Council will raise the troop total to just over 16,500 troops, short of Annan's request. Council members stated concern over finding troops to fill any larger of a request and finding funding to back the UN's already tight peacekeeping budget. The Congo has been in a state of unrest following the attacks of several rebel groups trying to oust the current government. Read the offical UN press release here. BBC has more.

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