UN backs military force to halt chaos in Central Africa

December 06, 2013 - 5:51:49 am
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council unanimously voted yesterday to authorise African and French military action to halt deadly chaos in the Central African Republic.

A French-drafted resolution gives a UN mandate to about 4,800 African and French troops being sent to the impoverished nation Muslim-Christian strife grows.

It orders UN leader Ban Ki-moon to produce a report in 90 days on whether a full UN peacekeeping force should be created. Ban has said that up to 9,000 troops could be needed for that. 

The vote was held as scores of people were found shot or hacked to death in scenes that highlighted warnings by the UN, France and the United States that a Rwanda-style genocide could break out. 

France said the 15-member council has a duty to act to end anarchy that has grown since rebels ousted Central African Republic’s president in March.

There are currently about 2,500 troops in MISCA, which will eventually reach 3,600. 

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