New York - Britain says UN Security Council members support a request to send hundreds more peacekeepers to Central African Republic as a visit by Pope Francis, and elections, are both set for the coming weeks.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked the council to approve the immediate transfer of about 300 peacekeepers from the Ivory Coast mission for an eight-week period.
Deadly violence in Central African Republic has recently surged, and the pope's planned visit late this month is raising alarm.
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Britain currently holds the council presidency. Deputy Ambassador Peter Wilson says council members support the additional peacekeepers and will make a formal statement "in the coming days."
The Vatican secretary of state has hinted that Pope Francis' security team will decide at the last minute whether to change his Africa itinerary.