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UN peacekeeping review won't see field firsthand


 The Nobel Peace Prize winner who will lead the first major review of United Nations peacekeeping operations in 15 years says his panel will do it from afar.

   In a closed-door meeting Thursday of the Security Council, apparently inadvertently broadcast on the U.N.'s internal television system, Jose Ramos-Horta said panel members have been in the field before and don't need to go. He said he would be reluctant to impose on force commanders and will opt to speak via videoconference instead.

   The sweeping U.N. review comes as the world body faces its most challenging climate ever for peacekeeping, with a record 130,000 people deployed around the world. The threat of terrorist violence is increasing, and pressure to protect civilians grows.

   The panel has less than a year to make recommendations.

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