UNITED NATIONS               -             The United Nations on Friday asked nine countries, including China, South Korea and France, to delay by three months the rotations

of their UN peacekeeping forces due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The request was made to the countries “to maintain operational

strength and execute their mandated tasks,” diplomatic

sources at the UN said.The nine countries also include

Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal,

India, Italy and Germany -- all of which have experienced significant outbreaks of the COVID-

19 virus.The UN peacekeeping missions,

known as the Blue Helmets, are under constant reassessment in relation to the rotations of the soldiers and police, who are deployed

to the mission by their home countries.The UN wants to keep the deployed troops healthy while maintaining the continuity of the operations. The Blue Helmets

have around 100,000 people

in peacekeeping operations