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Europe Struggles to Fill Peacekeeping Force

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With a cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah still in its fragile early stages — Israel's foreign minister today called the situation "explosive" — diplomats struggle to get a peacekeeping force in place.

Despite a United Nations resolution, diplomats in Brussels still say they need a clearer mission mandate.

At the moment, Europe is far from offering the 15,000 troops envisioned in the U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the force. Non-European countries have offered battalions — but Israel doesn't want troops in the area that don't recognize the state of Israel diplomatically.



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