UN troops sent to Iraq border

NEW YORK (Reuter) - The United Nations Security Council yesterday approved sending a battalion of 750 soldiers to patrol the frontier between Iraq and Kuwait and use force to repel any incursions.

Diplomats said the UN would not dispatch three infantry battalions as recommended by the Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, on 18 January. Instead, the plan is to send one battalion to replace the 500 lightly armed military observers authorised nearly two years ago. Currently, about 353 UN observers are actually deployed.