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The Mission of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), abbreviated MONUC (a French acronym for Mission de l' Organisation des Nations Unies en République démocratique du Congo) is a United Nations peacekeeping force established on February 24, 2000, by Resolution 1291 of the United Nations Security Council to monitor the peace process of the Second Congo War, though much of its focus subsequently turned to the conflict in the Ituri. The headquarters of this mission are in Kinshasa, DRC. The mission views the DRC as consisting of 6 sectors, each with its own staff headquarters. The approved budget from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006 is US$1,153.89 million. In July 2004 there were 10,531 UN soldiers under MONUC's command. On October 1, 2004, the UN Security Council decided to deploy 5,900 more soldiers to Congo, although UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had asked for some 12,000.

On 25 February 2005, nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers were killed by members of the Nationalist and Integrationist Front militia in Ituri province. The FNI killed another Nepali peacekeeper and took seven captive in May 2006. Two of the seven were released in late June and the UN was trying to secure the release of the remaining five.<ref>"Two DR Congo peacekeepers freed", BBC, 27 June 2006</ref> In total, 83 members of MONUC have been killed since its establishment. <ref>"Congo conflicts defy peace", Reuters, 24 February, 2006</ref> By November 2005, MONUC consisted of 16,561 uniformed troops. MONUC's mandate has been extended to September 30, 2006. On July 30, 2006, MONUC forces were charged with keeping the 2006 general election —the first multiparty election in the DRC since 1960— peaceful and orderly. MONUC troops began patrolling areas of eastern DRC after armed clashes broke on August 5 following the chaotic collection of election results.

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[edit] Staff and forces

[edit] Military

Military: 15,051 troops (nearly 10,000 from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal,South Africa and Uruguay) and 724 military observers, from 49 countries.

[edit] Africa

[edit] Americas

[edit] Asia

[edit] Europe

[edit] Civilian Police

Civilian Police (CIVPOL): 320, from 20 countries:

[edit] Civilians

International civilian employees and volunteers, and DRC nationals: 2,636

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United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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