Moroccan soldiers prop UN operation in Cote d'Ivoire

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Moroccan soldiers have since last Saturday been arriving in Yamoussoukro, 255 km north of Abidjan with the last group of 79 men flying in Tuesday to strengthen the UN peacekeeping force in Côte d'Ivoire, according to officials of the UN Operations in (ONUCI).
Three hundred men flew in last Saturday, while 300 came in on Sunday.
ONUCI spokesperson Col.
Philippe Mathieu told PANA the Moroccans would be deployed in the east of Côte d'Ivoire, to replace the Senegalese contingent, which will move to the San Pedro harbour southwest of the country.
With the arrival of 700 Moroccan troops along with a Bangladeshi contingent, ONUCI now boasts 2,621 soldiers and will reach the target number of 6,240 by the end of July 2004.
These UN soldiers will collaborate with 400 French soldiers deployed at front lines all over the country, since the beginning of the war.

24 may 2004 19:49:00

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