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U.N. took first step to deploy peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic.

Africa Security News.- U.N. boots to Central African Republic.

Africa Security News.- U.N. boots to Central African Republic.

The United Nations Security Council took the first step toward deploying a UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, in an effort to prevent the mineral-rich nation from becoming a hub for terrorism and Islamic extremism in the region. The African Union in July approved a 3,600-member peacekeeping force to help stabilize the country.

 

 

The Central African Republic, a landlocked country rich in diamonds and uranium, is in a total breakdown in law and order, and the Security Council, France, u.S. and other members of the U.N. are deeply alarmed by the prospect of the nation becoming “a safe haven for violent extremists.”

The UN’s top governing body unanimously voted to have Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submit a report within 30 days outlining possible steps to support the African Union´s  planned Central African Republic peacekeeping mission, known as MISCA.

 

The Central African Republic has been plagued by violence since independence from Francein 1960, with at least five battles for the capital, Bangui, taking place from 1996 to 2003.

 

The nation descended into a “state of anarchy and total disregard for international law” after former President Francois Bozize’s government was deposed by rebel Seleka forces earlier this year, according to the UN.

 

Seleka began its rebellion after accusing Bozize of failing to honor peace accords, one of which had helped form a unity government. The insurgents resumed combat in March, saying Bozize had failed to meet a new set of demands.

 

 

Ban Ki Moon’s report should outline “detailed options for international support to MISCA, including the possible option of a transformation of MISCA into a UN peacekeeping operation, subject to appropriate conditions on the ground,” according to the resolution passed today.

 

The Security Council will adopt a second resolution in one month (mid-November) deciding on the type of support to be provided to the Central African Republic, France’s UN envoy Gerard Araudsaid today to the accredited press.