Over two hundred Nepalese peacekeepers arrive in Juba from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), to reinforce the military component of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UN Photo/Isaac Billy
Over two hundred Nepalese peacekeepers arrive in Juba from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), to reinforce the military component of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The United Nations has deployed 300 peacekeepers to help secure the town of Bakouma in the Central African Republic (CAR), a UN spokesman said on Monday.

The peacekeepers moved Sunday morning into Bakouma, one of the towns where security concerns delayed holding elections in December and March, said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The peacekeepers will protect the civilian population and help to organize legislative elections later this month, Dujarric said.

Access to Bakouma, about 130 km north of the regional capital of Bangassou on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is possible following the repair of bridges damaged weeks ago by armed groups. The peacekeepers are part of the mission known as MINUSCA. Three UN peacekeepers died in December in regional violence leading up to the long-delayed legislative elections.

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