News / Africa

CAR Urges UN to Dispatch Peacekeeping Force

The United Nations Security Council meets regarding the on-going crisis in the Central Africa Republic on March 6, 2014 in New York City.
The United Nations Security Council meets regarding the on-going crisis in the Central Africa Republic on March 6, 2014 in New York City.
Margaret Besheer
— The foreign minister of the Central African Republic has asked the U.N. Security Council to quickly send a U.N. peacekeeping force to his country. The minister highlighted the deteriorating conditions in the CAR, and warned his country could be infiltrated by international terrorist groups. .

Toussaint Kongo-Doudou urged the 15-nation Security Council to quickly authorize a robust peacekeeping force for his country, saying a delay will only cost more lives.
 
"We need to act now to avoid Central Africa falling more and more into chaos and becoming a potential breeding ground for international terrorism," he said. "This is not far off.”

He said they have seen elements of the Sudan-based Janjaweed militias already involved in abuses carried out by the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels.

He also warned of threats from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and said that the Nigerian group Boko Haram is, again, “not far off."

The minister said his government believes only the United Nations has the necessary assets to put in place a multi-dimensional peacekeeping operation.

The African Union has some 6,000 peacekeepers in the country, working alongside 2,000 French troops, trying to calm sectarian violence that has killed thousands and displaced nearly one million people.

The European Union plans to dispatch 1,000 troops in the coming weeks and the U.N. secretary-general has appealed to the international community to send additional reinforcements.

In a report to the Security Council this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended the rapid deployment of up to 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers and 1,820 police.

His peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous, told the council it would take about six months to plan and deploy a U.N. mission, which would have as its main priority the protection of civilians.

“Of course, we are fully aware this will be challenging environment for a United Nations peacekeeping mission," he said. "Yet we believe that the United Nations is uniquely positioned to deploy and to sustain a multi-dimensional operation with the full range of capacities that are required to address the deep-rooted nature of this complex crisis.”

The peacekeeping chief said there would be an initial surge in troops and police that would be drawn down as the security environment improves, allowing the U.N. to focus on civilian and state-building activities.  

But that milestone could be many months away.  U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Gutteres and U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, who made separate visits to the CAR last month, both stressed the dire humanitarian situation.

They said civilians live in fear of attack and the social fabric of the country is being torn apart.  Amos said the core of the conflict is about power and money, not religion, but it is being played out through religious and ethnic clashes.

They warned that the longer the conflict continues, the more difficult it will be for the country and the society to recover.  

Security Council members will now begin discussions about a U.N. peacekeeping force and are expected to authorize one by the end of this month.

You May Like

Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Gay Law

Court says law was passed in parliament without enough members present for a full quorum More

Multimedia Thailand Makes Efforts to Improve Conditions for Migrant Laborers

In Thailand, its not uncommon for parents to bring their children to work; one company, in-collaboration with other organizations, address safety concerns More

In Indonesia, Jihad Video Raises Concern

Video calls on Indonesians to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborersi
X
Steve Herman
August 01, 2014 6:22 PM
Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborers

Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video Public Raises its Voice on Power Plant Pollution

In the United States, proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video China Investigates Powerful Former Security Chief

The public in China is welcoming the Communist Party's decision to investigate one of the country's once most powerful politicians, former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. Analysts say the move by President Xi Jinping is not only an effort to win more support for the party, but an essential step to furthering much needed economic reforms and removing those who would stand in the way of change. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

AppleAndroid