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    The UN Security Council extended Wednesday peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Golan Heights and Mali.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The UN Security Council extended Wednesday peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Golan Heights and Mali.

    "The Security Council took action today on three United Nations-led peacekeeping operations, extending the mandates of operations in Mali, Darfur, and the Golan Heights," a UN statement said.

    The mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was extended for one year until June 30, 2017. The Security Council decided to increase the MINUSMA force levels up to 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police personnel.

    The UN-African Union mission in Darfur, western Sudan, was also extended for a year. The number of forces used in the mission remained unchanged in comparison to the previous year.

    The Security Council also prolonged the mandate of UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Golan Heights for six months until December 31, 2016. The Council called on all parties of the Syrian conflict – especially armed opposition groups – to abstain from military activities in the UNDOF area.

    The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is leading 16 peacekeeping operations with more than 118,000 military, police and civilian personnel deployed.

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