UN to vote on Central African Republic peacekeeping mission

A UN peacekeeping force may be sent to Central African Republic in September to support the African Union and French troops trying to maintain control there. Here, a Democratic Republic of the Congo soldier stands guard near a barracks in the town of Bria. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
A UN peacekeeping force may be sent to Central African Republic in September to support the African Union and French troops trying to maintain control there. Here, a Democratic Republic of the Congo soldier stands guard near a barracks in the town of Bria. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

The UN Security Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to send 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic, where sectarian violence has claimed thousands of lives.

During a visit to Central African Republic last weekend, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said French forces who have been trying to control the violence have been “overwhelmed.” He warned the crisis, centred in the capital Bangui, could turn into another genocide like Rwanda if the international community doesn’t step in.

Navi Pillay, the UN’s human rights chief, said the violence between Muslim and Christian militias has reached “a terrifying level.” Read more on CBC

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