TWO RUSSIAN POLICEMEN TO JOIN PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN CONGO

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MOSCOW, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - Two Russian policemen will join the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry reported on Friday.

They will be involved in monitoring and training of local policemen.

Three officers of the Russian Interior Ministry were already sent to Congo.

All in all, 125 policemen from 15 countries currently work in Congo as part of the UN peacekeeping mission. In compliance with the mandate of the UN Security Council's resolution of November 30, 1999 they train local policemen, monitor the observation of human rights and freedoms, help conflict victims and displaced persons. Demobilization of rebels and their integration into peaceful life, search for war criminals and assistance to the government in the organization of elections are among the peacekeepers' duties, as well.

According to the Interior Ministry, 132 Russian policemen are currently involved in peacekeeping operations abroad.

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