UN: UN Security Council boosts number of corrections officers for UN mission in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday decided to maintain the current personnel ceiling of more than 12,800 personnel in the military and police components of the UN peacekeeping operation in Central African Republic (CAR) and to increase the number of corrections officers, in order to ensure peace and security in the country.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council decided that the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), will comprise up to 10,750 military personnel, among them 480 military observers and military staff officers, and 2,080 police personnel, among them 400 individual police officers.

It also decided to raise the number of corrections officers from 40 to 108.

The Council also asked the UN Secretary-General to keep the level of MINUSCA's military and police personnel and corrections officers under continuous review.

The current mandate of the mission, which was established in 2014 to replace the UN Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA), is set to expire at the end of April.

More than three years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR, amid continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian.

The UN recently reported an upsurge in violence, in particular last September and October, committed by armed elements.

MINUSCA itself has recently been hit by a series of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and associated troops.

PANA recalled that on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named  Ms. Jane Lute, an American official with wide-ranging UN experience, to coordinate efforts to curb the scourge.
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09 february 2016 21:31:07

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