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Chad has decided to withdraw its troops from the African Union peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic, according to a Chadian diplomat and a document seen by Reuters.
Chadian soldiers have been at the heart of the African Union mission's efforts to stabilise Central African Republic and helping Muslims who try to escape violence.
"Despite the sacrifices we have made, Chad and Chadians have been targeted in a gratuitous and malicious campaign that blamed them for all the suffering in CAR," Chad's foreign ministry said in a statement announcing the planned withdrawal.
In the last few weeks, the mainly Christian anti-balaka militias have been accused of spearheading violence against Muslim communities.
The statement said Chadian troops would remain in place while the practicalities of the withdrawal are confirmed. Chad has contributed roughly 850 troops to the 6,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission.
The AU force together with some 2,000 French troops is trying to restore peace to Central African Republic. Mostly Muslim Seleka seized power in March 2013 but was forced to step aside in January after failing to stem violence that U.N. experts have warned pushed the country close to genocide.
At its peak, around 1 million people were displaced by the violence. At least 2,000 people have been killed since December alone.Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2014, 16:24