UNITED NATIONS TO USE FORCE IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.

The United Nations is expected to approve the use of force to defend civilians in the Central African Republic.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for more troops to be deployed in the country, with a mandate to use force.
If approved by the Security Council, such a mandated UN operation would require legislative approval in the United States and Britain.

It is envisaged that the strength of the peacekeeping operation would comprise up to 10,000 troops and 1,820 police personnel
According to reports, France is expected to support Ban’s proposal, but the U.S. and Britain are expected to be less keen on the proposal.
“The proposed concept of operations has been developed on the assumption that the force is deployed with a robust mandate and adequate resources,” Ban said in his report.

However, the use of force would be delayed until the end of the summer.
There will be a transfer of authority from the African Union to the United Nations peacekeeping force known as MISCA.
In the meantime, the UN will also provide policing as well as ramping up support for the African troops.
It will take the United Nations approximately six months to prepare the deployment of its operation.
More than 2,000 people have been killed and more than 700,000 displaced in CAR since December.

The presence of 6, 000 African Union forces, and 2,000 French forces have failed to restore calm or deter civilian killings.
“The key focus of the United Nations mission in the initial stage must be the protection of civilians.
“It is envisaged that the strength of the peacekeeping operation would comprise up to 10,000 troops and 1,820 police personnel,” Ban added.
In response to the UN’s demand for stronger military response, the European Union is already deploying 1,000 soldiers.
Fighting began when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago in the majority Christian country.

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