peace·​keep·​ing | \ ˈpēs-ˌkē-piŋ How to pronounce peacekeeping (audio) \

Definition of peacekeeping

: the preserving of peace especially : international enforcement and supervision of a truce between hostile states or communities

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peacekeeper \ ˈpēs-​ˌkē-​pər How to pronounce peacekeeper (audio) \ noun

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With violence spiraling out of control in the Darfur region, the U.N. Security Council and the African Union may soon vote to close the UNAMID peacekeeping mission, just as their presence is needed most. Fox News, "Sudan military admits security forces committed 'violations' after protests turned deadly," 15 June 2019 The Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that, based on the peacekeeping mission’s own reports, the Rapid Support Forces now occupy nine of 10 sites vacated by the UN force within the past eight months. Bassam Hatoum,, "Amnesty warns war crimes continuing in Sudan’s Darfur," 11 June 2019 That event honors those citizens of Australia and New Zealand who have died in military conflict or peacekeeping operations. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Will Make a Surprise Appearance at the London Marathon Today," 28 Apr. 2019 Some residents have been on edge because health workers are accompanied by armed guards from the U.N. peacekeeping mission or Congo’s security forces. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern," 13 Apr. 2019 Kabila had repeatedly called for the U.N. peacekeeping force known as MONUSCO to leave — without success, leading to uneasy relations with the United Nations. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "UN starts looking toward the end of peacekeeping in Congo," 29 Mar. 2019 The Security Council on Friday called for a strategic review of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo with a view to progressively handing over its responsibilities to the country’s newly elected government led by President Felix Tshisekedi. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "UN starts looking toward the end of peacekeeping in Congo," 29 Mar. 2019 The continent also was the source of one of the greatest failures during his time as U.N. peacekeeping chief, the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which U.N. peacekeepers failed to save civilians' lives. Francis Kokutse, Fox News, "Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief," 18 Aug. 2018 White House officials suggested Friday that roughly 400 American troops would remain and serve as a peacekeeping force. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Allies Spurred a Partial Reversal of Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Plan, Official Says," 23 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of peacekeeping

1910, in the meaning defined above

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