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Peacekeeping force fully deployed in January 2014 in the Central African Republic.

President of Central Africa Republic, Mr. Michel Djodotia.

President of Central Africa Republic, Mr. Michel Djodotia.

Military reinforcements have begun arriving in Central African Republic CAR but the planned 3,600-strong peace keeping force will not be fully deployed before 2014.

There is chaos in CAR since a rebel army ousted President F. Bozize in March.  U.N. officials and human rights groups say both sides may have committed war crimes in the violence in the land-locked, mineral-rich central african nation.

Former colonial power France has called U.S. and other world powers to take action in CAR to prevent the country following Somalia’s path to decades of lawlessness. The French are focusing on beefing up a 1,100-strong African force that has long been deployed in CAR. The force will hit 3600 soldiers by next January 2014.

Michel Djotodia, who swept to power at the head of the rebellion, was officially sworn in as the country’s president last month but he has failed to contain waves of looting and killing by gunmen.

Djotodia last week sacked the head of the armed forces after days of clashes with fighters loyal to Bozize killed 100 people.

CAR is rich in gold, diamonds and uranium but decades of instability and the spillover from conflicts in its larger neighbors have left the nation’s 4.5 million people mired in cycles of crises.

President Michel Djotodia of the Central African Republic has dissolved the SELEKA rebel group that helped bring him to power in a coup six months ago.

A statement by his office said anyone acting in the name of the rebel Seleka Coalition would be punished.

The rebels have been blamed for looting and many deaths after former President Francois Bozize was ousted in March.