UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of
carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from
Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the
vote over concerns about the move.
The resolution, adopted by the 15-member council with 13
votes in favor, approves the use of “all necessary measures” -
diplomatic code for military force – to carry out such
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Some 700 Chinese peacekeepers are expected to join a United Nations mission in South Sudan at the start of next year, the head of the U.N. operation said on Wednesday, though she appealed for Beijing to deploy the battalion “sooner rather than later.”
China announced last month that it would send the troops to help protect civilians amid renewed violence. U.N. officials say this would be the first time China has contributed an infantry battalion to a U.N. peacekeeping mission. Last year China sent a smaller “protection unit” to join the U.N. mission in Mali.