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CAR Worried About Peacekeeping Mission Timing

FILE - African Union intervention force secures the area during an operation to free the way leading to the north of Bangui, March 25, 2014.
FILE - African Union intervention force secures the area during an operation to free the way leading to the north of Bangui, March 25, 2014.
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The Central African Republic's government says U.N. authorization of a nearly 12,000-member peacekeeping force is a "good start," but it questions the timing of the mission.

Spokeswoman Gisele Bedan says she is worried about the September 15 deployment date for the U.N. forces.

In a VOA interview , she expressed concern that the start date for the deployment to the violence-plagued C.A.R. is too far away.

On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to send 10,000 soldiers and 1,800 police to the C.A.R., in a bid to end inter-religious violence that has left thousands dead and forced one million people to flee from their homes.
UN Peacekeeping in CAR
 
  • Established MINUSCA on April 10, 2014
  • Mandate starts on September 15, 2014
  • Will initially include up to 10,000 military personnel and 1,800 police personnel
  • MINUSCA takes over from the African-led International Support Mission

Source: UN
There are currently about 6,000 African Union and 2,000 French troops in the C.A.R., but they have been unable to control the violence.

On Friday, the U.N. refugee agency said it was "extremely concerned" about reports that largely Christian anti-balaka militias were attacking civilians who were trying to leave the country.

Agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said over the past two weeks, C.A.R. refugees had been arriving in neighboring Cameroon with gun and machete wounds.

The agency also said increasing numbers of refugees were arriving in Cameroon in "terrible physical condition" because they had traveled remote routes in order to avoid anti-balaka fighters.

The anti-balaka attacks have prompted most of the C.A.R.'s Muslim minority to flee their homes.

The militias formed last year, in response to a wave of killing and looting, mostly by Muslim Seleka forces.

C.A.R. Foreign Minister Toussaint Kongo Doudou said Thursday that the violence had ravaged the country.

"The whole country has been destroyed by armed bandits, the former rebels, so we have to put back those infrastructures on the ground. So the challenges are enormous."

Earlier this week, the U.N. refugee agency said it had received just 20 percent of the $112 million it needs this year to help respond to the C.A.R.'s crisis.
 
  • A Muslim child walks in front of the mosque at PK12 in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 10, 2014.
  • Muslim children gather at a water pump outside the mosque at PK12 in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 10, 2014.
  • A woman walks past a truck waiting to leave for Chad loaded with goods belonging to Muslim residents of the PK5 district of Bangui, Central African Republic, April 9, 2014.
  • African peacekeeping mission troops known as MISCA in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 9, 2014.
  • African peacekeeping mission troops known as MISCA in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 9, 2014.
  • People pile on a vehicle on a road between the village of Zawa and the town of Yaloke, Central African Republic, April 8, 2014.
  • Members of the anti-balaka, a Christian militia, patrol outside the village of Zawa, Central African Republic, April 8, 2014.
  • A member of the anti-balaka, a Christian militia, walks with his weapons in village of Zawa, Central African Republic, April 8, 2014.

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