French envoy wants 10,000 UN troops in CAR

Describing the situation on the ground as "very, very dire", Ambassador Gerard Araud said that the current aim of 6,000 troops was "too low".

French envoy wants 10,000 UN troops in CAR

World Bulletin / News Desk

A French UN envoy to the Central African Republic (CAR) has said that the UN needs up to 10,000 troops in the country to bring instability under control.

Describing the situation on the ground as "very, very dire", Ambassador Gerard Araud said that the current aim of 6,000 troops was "too low".

Around 4,000 African Union troops are already being supported by about 600 EU reinforcements, with the UN Security Council recently agreeing to give the EU troops the right to use force in tackling threats to stability.

Former colonizer France also has around 1,600 troops of its own supposedly assisting international peacekeeping forces, although local Muslims have accused the French of being biased in favor of Christian militias.

UN human Rights Chief Navi Pillay recently said that more needed to be done to prevent Muslims from being targeted.

Muslim ex-seleka rebels and Christian anti-balaka militias have been clashing for a year in the country, resulting in about a million people fleeing their homes.

Last Mod: 29 Ocak 2014, 15:25
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