African leaders raise funds for CAR peacekeepers

African leaders pledged $314,760 for an African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic

African leaders raise funds for CAR peacekeepers

World Bulletin/News Desk

African leaders on Saturday pledged $314,760 for an African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic, which has been ravaged by chaos since last year.

"Clearly the collapse of law and order is a threat to the very existence of the Central African state," African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui told a meeting of African leaders on Saturday.

"It has the potential to seriously impact on regional security and stability."

CAR's newly-elected President Catherine Samba-Panza called for additional troops to be deployed in her country to help halt violence.

CAR, a mineral-rich, landlocked country, descended into anarchy in March of last year when Seleka rebels – said to be mostly Muslim – ousted Bozize, a Christian, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.

On Thursday, Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of Bangui, was sworn in as CAR's first female president.

She replaces Michel Djotodia, the country's first Muslim president since its independence from France in 1960, who stepped down earlier this month due to international and regional pressure.

There are currently 5,500 African troops in CAR, supporting a 1,600-strong French force battling to restore peace in the conflict-wracked country.

The European Union has committed 500 troops, in addition to 200 million euro ($150 million) for CAR.

The UN World Food Program has said that it urgently needs $95 million to provide food assistance to people in the conflict-stricken country.

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