NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday, in separate meetings, to extend the UN peacekeeping mandates in Cote d'Ivoire, Golan, and Mali.
The U.N. Operation in Cote d'Ivoire's mandate will now expire in June 2015 so that it can continue to address civilian protection needs, offer political support, advise security sector reform, and support the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants. UNOCI mission staff was reduced from 7,137 to 5,437 military personnel.
The Security Council renewed the mandate for the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, which monitors ceasefires between Israel and Syria, for an additional six months.
Citing concern about the fragile security situation in northern Mali, the Security Council voted to extend the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission through June 30, 2015. Peacekeepers in Mali will continue to focus on stability, security, civilian protection, and support for national political dialogue and reconciliation. The mission was also directed to expand its presence "in the North of Mali beyond key population centers" to reach at-risk populations.