August 31, 1996 in Nation/World

U.N. To Keep Observers In Liberia Awhile Longer

Compiled From Wire Services

The Security Council voted unanimously Friday to keep military observers in Liberia for another three months, but warned warlords that the force could be withdrawn if they do not back peace efforts.

The council also said it supported Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s proposal to increase the observer force from 10 to 35 members.

Faction leaders agreed earlier this month to a cease-fire and to prepare for elections, but previous agreements have repeatedly collapsed. The country’s seven-year-old civil war has killed about 150,000 people.

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