What does peacekeeping mean?

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Noun
  1. The act of preserving peace, specifically between hostile groups or states, especially by a sanctioned military force. [from 17th c.]
  2. (as a noun modifier) (for example) a peacekeeping force.
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Bashir has put conditions on a UN peacekeeping force to bolster the underfinanced 7,000 African Union troops, now in Darfur.
Hundreds of peacekeeping troops have succumbed to the disease, after becoming infected with single-celled parasites called leishmania.
United Nations peacekeeping forces maintain a buffer zone between the two sides.
Such a move would solve any concern over detracting from the peacekeeping or antiterrorism effort.
Traditional peacekeeping missions were deployed only when a conflict had ceased and with the consent of the belligerents.
Few states considering themselves influential players on the world stage would publicly renounce peacekeeping.

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