United Nations ready to send peacekeeping force in Central African Republic to replace MISCA 2812131

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Defence & Security News - Central African Republic

 
 
Saturday, December 28, 2013 09:34 AM
 
United Nations ready to send a peacekeeping force in Central African Republic to replace MISCA.

The United Nations said on Friday, December 27, 2013, it would speed up planning for a possible UN peacekeeping force in the strife-ridden Central African Republic, as French troops there sought to clamp down on violence. The grave situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) was the focus of talks between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President François Hollande.

     
The United Nations said on Friday, December 27, 2013, it would speed up planning for a possible UN peacekeeping force in the strife-ridden Central African Republic, as French troops there sought to clamp down on violence. The grave situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) was the focus of talks between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President François Hollande.
Burundian peacekeepers from the International Mission for Support for Central African Republic (MISCA) patrol a street in Bangui.
     

A statement from the Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General expressed particular concern about increasing sectarian violence and violence between communities. The United Nations has already deployed a team of human rights officers to monitor the ongoing violence against civilians and is making arrangements for the deployment of a more permanent team for early 2014.

They discussed ongoing efforts to support MISCA, the African Union peacekeeping mission, and the need to address capacity constraints by raising the number of personnel capable of providing security to the territory, undertake disarmament and support the organization of elections.

As requested by the Security Council, the United Nations has already started contingency planning and preparations for the potential transformation of MISCA into a United Nations peacekeeping operation.

The statement concludes that further consultations with members of the Security Council and with the African Union will be expeditiously undertaken in the coming days.

 

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