UN: UN Security Council boosts UN peacekeeping in Central African Republic

New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council on Thursday agreed to boost the UN peacekeeping
presence in Central African Republic (CAR) following the country’s continuing instability and
simmering sectarian tensions.

PANA in New York reports that in a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council
agreed to increase the number of the peacekeepers serving in the UN mission in the CAR, known by the acronym MINUSCA, by 750 military personnel, 280 police personnel and 20 corrections officers.

The Council said that it decided to increase the peacekeepers due to the situation in the country, which remains "a threat to international peace and security as a result of continuing
clashes", between the mainly Muslim Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, who are mostly
Christian.

It also stressed the need for the international community to strengthen efforts in bringing peace and stability to CAR.

More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in
CAR.

According to UN estimates, nearly 440,000 people remain displaced inside the country while
some 190,000 have sought asylum across the borders, while more than 36,000 people remain
trapped within the landlocked country in enclaves across the country, hoping to find asylum
in neighbouring States.

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) recently reported that some 1.5 million
people in CAR remain food insecure amid ongoing hostilities throughout the country and
cautioned that the figure was likely to rise should immediate support not be provided.

PANA recalls that early this month, a UN Security Council delegation visited CAR to assess
the situation on ground, which is described as "fragile."

The Council members also assessed the progress made in stabilizing the country by the
UN peacekeeping operation set up last year.

It was the first time the UN Security Council visited CAR, which has been mired in
sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian militias for the past two years.

Last December, UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve
Ladsous warned of a potentially explosive situation in CAR amid continuing violent
clashes between the Seleka alliance and anti-Balaka militia.
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26 march 2015 18:47:12




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