EU urged to boost Congo peacekeeping force

Belgium is making a renewed push to convince its European Union counterparts to send peacekeepers to bolster the UN force in eastern Congo.

Belgium is making a renewed push to convince its European Union counterparts to send peacekeepers to bolster the UN force in eastern Congo.

Belgian foreign minister Karel De Gucht said he will "continue to try to convince other member states" to agree to send an EU force to meet a UN request for 3,100 extra soldiers.

The 27-nation bloc's foreign ministers will discuss the conflict in talks on Monday.

EU nations have so far ruled out sending peacekeepers.

The ministers will also discuss the recent attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai and efforts to bolster anti-terror co-operation between India and Pakistan.

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