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    African Union to Sign Troop Agreement with Rwanda

    A man wounded in overnight clashes is assisted by peacekeepers and family members in a neighborhood in Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec. 23, 2013.
    A man wounded in overnight clashes is assisted by peacekeepers and family members in a neighborhood in Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec. 23, 2013.
    Peter Clottey
    The African Union (AU) plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rwanda this week that will enable the government in Kigali to send troops to help with efforts to stabilize the Central African Republic (CAR), says Eloi Yao, AU spokesman.

    The AU commissioner for peace and security was accompanied by officials from neighboring countries to meet with the CAR transitional government over the weekend to assess the security situation there.  

    Rwanda, Yao says, is expected to deploy its troops to CAR in January.

    “This week, we will have the MOU between the African Union and Rwanda finalized, and hopefully by mid-January, Rwanda can deploy troops to contribute to MISCA, the [AU] mission to Central African Republic,” said Yao.

    Some observers say hundreds of Chadians in the country fled Saturday after being accused of supporting the transitional government led by former Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia. Chadian soldiers who are part of the African-led force in the CAR have also been accused of supporting the transitional government and Muslim militia groups.

    France has so far deployed a 1,600 peacekeeping mission to the CAR aimed at stopping massacres between Muslim and Christian militias.

    But some analysts say tension remains high across the country in spite of the presence of the African-led force and French troops. Yao said the security situation appears to be calm in parts of the country including the some areas of the capital, Bangui.

    “Things seem relatively calm as compared to the 25th [December] and some other days before that when there were several incidents throughout the city,” said Yao. “But as of now, [the situation has improved, thanks to] the new plans that the force commander [and] the police of the MISCA forces put in place to cover the districts in Bangui and also all the affected areas.”

    Yao says that efforts by the African led force with support from French troops have helped reduce the spate of attacks by militia groups.

    The transitional government and religious leaders have called for peace and dialogue to end the attacks on civilians by armed groups. But some observers say the call has fallen on deaf ears since the militia groups continue to curb such assaults. Yao says there is a commitment by leaders in the country to end the violence.

    “The commitment was made that the determination is there and they [leaders] all have promised to work together in the interest of the country --so that there can be peace and also that can be supported by the African-led forces here,” said Yao.
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    by: Benjamin Likute Bauma from: Jo'burg, South Africa
    December 30, 2013 1:55 AM
    I don't agree with the African Union about the sending of Rwandan troops in CAR. This late country share border with D.R. Congo and the DRC has troops in CAR. The presence of Rwandese troops in CAR next to those of DRC will create tension between the two troops and will work against peace in CAR.
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    by: Leko from: East London
    December 30, 2013 2:28 PM
    I disagree , give Rwandans and Congolese chance to work together , only then we will find truth - whether there's tension between the two sister countries or its media spreading rumours . What's clear to me... is that drc citizens are the ones causing chaos in their country even calling President Kabila - a Rwandan !

    Self- criticism should be practised even by Congolese .

    The lasting solution is to unite all 20 Bantu nations and become ONE nation to defeat tribalism , xenophobia and poverty in Africa .

    by: sheriff aboubakar from: sweden
    December 29, 2013 7:43 PM
    betwen the troop frenchchad and rwanda army is jos like fire and oil and chad republique is bother with CAR chad republic is not congo i want the african union to not bring another problem which will divide CAR rwanda army can t face the chadian in war and you have meny chadian which have CAR NATIONALITY is better to fine solution than problem meby wone day the chadian will be back to CAR IN PEACE I KNOW THE TWO SITE and my origine from cameroon thank you

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