UN to vote on force for CAR

2014-04-03 08:48
Anti-Balaka youth. (Jerome Delay, AP, File)

Anti-Balaka youth. (Jerome Delay, AP, File)

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New York - The president of the Security Council says a vote on a long-requested UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic is expected in the second week of this month.

Nigerian Ambassador Joy Ogwu, who holds the presidency this month, told reporters on Wednesday that a resolution on the force is "in the making".

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged council members to act quickly on his recommendation for a 12 000-member peacekeeping mission in CAR, which has faced months of unprecedented sectarian violence.

The Christian and Muslim fighting has raised fears of genocide and sent thousands fleeing.

The UN peacekeeping chief has said it would take about six months to organize and deploy the UN peacekeeping force. At least 6 000 African Union troops and about 1 600 French soldiers are already on the ground.
- AP
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