Le Roy to assume difficult UN chief peacekeeper post

07/23/2008 | International Herald Tribune

French diplomat Alain Le Roy has been tapped to assume the role of chief peacekeeper for the UN at a time when UN peacekeeping missions are in high demand and in potential jeopardy -- in both a mortal and conceptual sense. Recent reports from Darfur have mirrored the situation in Bosnia before the fall of Srebrenica: UN peacekeepers are under attack and unable to fulfill their mission. The risk of failure and lives lost in Darfur, combined with a global peacekeeping force that is stretched too thin, threaten the legitimacy of the UN peacekeeping mission.

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