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Security Council Set To Extend SFOR Mission

United Nations, 9 July 2004 (RFE/RL) -- The UN Security Council plans to approve a resolution today that will mandate a final six-month extension of the NATO-led stabilization force in Bosnia.

Council diplomats told RFE/RL they are set to adopt a measure endorsing the European Union's plans to take over security duties in December.

The NATO-led force, known as SFOR, was first deployed in Bosnia after the end of the war in 1995 with a strength of 60,000 troops.

There are now 7,000 SFOR troops in the country.

The force's initial purpose was to maintain peace between the former combatants. More recently it has focused on missions such as apprehending indicted war criminals and stopping arms smuggling.