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UN approves 12 000 strong force for CAR

10 April 2014, 21:22

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nearly 12 000-strong UN peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, which has been torn by mounting violence between Christians and Muslims.

The 10 000 UN troops and 1 800 police will take over from 5 000 African Union soldiers - but not until 15 September.

A separate 2 000-strong French force in the Central African Republic was authorised to use "all necessary means" to support the new UN force.

Central African Republic has been in chaos since a March 2013 coup, when mostly Muslim rebels seized power and launched a brutal regime. Christian militiamen attacked rebel strongholds in early December.

As the rebel government crumbled in January, the Christian militiamen stepped up the violence, forcing tens of thousands of Muslims to flee.

The resolution expresses serious concern at multiple violations of human rights and humanitarian law committed by both former Seleka elements and anti-Balaka militia including killings, torture and sexual violence against women and children.

The resolution "demands that all militias and armed groups put aside their arms, cease all forms of violence and destabilising activities immediately and release children from their ranks".

The Security Council wanted a strong mandate and the resolution authorises the new UN force to protect civilians and support the disarmament of combatants and the restoration of peace and law and order.

It also authorises the mission to help investigate violations of human rights and humanitarian law by armed groups.

While UN peacekeepers and police will not take over until 15 September, the resolution immediately establishes the UN mission, to be known as MINUSCA. It will take over all activities of the UN political office.

The resolution also urges the transitional authorities to accelerate preparations for free and fair elections no later than February 2015.

With the establishment of MINUSCA, the African Union force on the ground will receive logistical support from the United Nations. Many of its members are likely to become part of the new UN force after being checked to ensure they meet UN standards.

- AP


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