This January 19, 2016 photo provided by the United Nations in New York shows a view of the Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / UNITED NATIONS / MANUEL ELIAS
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The U.N. Security Council decided Wednesday to reduce the size of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Ivory Coast in light of an improved security situation and last October's successful presidential elections.The number of troops authorized for the U.N. Operation in the Ivory Coast was reduced from 5,437 to 4,000 soldiers, according to the resolution, which was adopted by unanimity.The government of the Ivory Coast wants all the U.N. peacekeepers out by the end of 2017 or early 2018 .
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