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Tackling abuse of women must be a UN priority, says Jolie Pitt

By David Hughes

Angelina Jolie Pitt has said the rights of women should be placed at the heart of United Nations peacekeeping operations.

The Hollywood star and UN special envoy added allegations of abuse against women should be investigated and followed by prosecutions of those responsible.

She told a summit of ministers from around the world in London that countries had to meet their commitments to peacekeeping missions and aid appeals.

Jolie Pitt said: "Increasing the number of peacekeepers alone will not be enough to resolve the conflicts we are experiencing.

"It has to be accompanied by a new way of conducting peacekeeping, one that has the rights and protection and involvement of women at its heart.

"The signing of an agreement is actually the easy part. What is harder and what is more important is implementation."

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