SA won't send troops to CAR - report

2014-02-02 12:34
South African troops. (AFP)

South African troops. (AFP)

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Johannesburg - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has stated that South Africa will not send troops to the Central African Republic, despite mounting pressure to do so at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

According to the Sunday Times, a closed meeting on peace and security, led by Cameroon, tried to push for additional troops to be sent to bolster the 6 000-strong African-led International Support Mission to the CAR.

Mapisa-Nqakula was emphatic that SA would not be sending troops and said she would give a full briefing on her return.

The CAR descended into chaos 10 months ago after rebels overthrew the government, sparking violence between the Christian majority and the Muslim minority that has uprooted a million people out of a population of 4.6 million.

Violence has escalated in recent days, with 30 dead in the capital amid reports that violence is spreading beyond the capital Bangui.

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