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February 20, 2014

UN's Ban Wants 3,000 Troops Quickly Sent to Central African Republic

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is asking the Security Council to quickly send at least 3,000 more troops to the Central African Republic, where religious violence is spinning out of control.

Mr. Ban Thursday urged that the additional forces be deployed within the coming days and weeks, and be equipped with aircraft.

More than 7,000 African Union and French forces are already in the C.A.R. and the European Union has promised to send another 1,000 soldiers.

Mr. Ban also proposed $38 million in financial and other support for the African Union forces.

The Central African Republic was plunged into chaos a year ago when minority Muslim rebels toppled the president and went on a looting spree.

The violence led to a majority Christian militia. Fighting between Muslims and Christians has killed hundreds since December and forced close to 1 million people to flee for their lives.