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US seeks tougher UN action against peacekeepers’ failures

UNITED NATIONS — The United States is seeking Security Council approval for a resolution to toughen U.N. action against peacekeepers that fail to protect civilians, including by sending them home and refusing to pay their governments.

The United Nations, which deploys 96,000 peacekeepers in 14 missions from the Mideast and Africa to Haiti and India-Pakistan’s disputed Kashmir region, has come under sharp criticism for sexual abuse by its troops and failures to protect civilians.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council Wednesday the key to peacekeeping is trust between the protected and the protectors and when that is gone the mission will fail.

Countries contributing troops to U.N. missions have privately expressed unhappiness at the U.S. draft and Russia said Wednesday it would support a council statement — not a legally binding resolution.