UN mission in CAR works at returning security on capital route


The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic ( MINUSCA) launched a military operation aimed at restoring freedom of movement and security on the main road of the Nana-Mambere Prefecture which supplies the capital city of Bangui, a UN spokesman told reporters here Wednesday. Central African Republic
“The peacekeepers recently dismantled a camp of a rebel group perpetrating numerous acts of terror, robberies and hostage-taking in the sector between Baboua and Zokoumbo,” Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.
“In the abandoned camp, they seized weapons, ammunition, ID cards of different countries, as well as drugs,” he said.
On April 28, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic (CAR) for a year until April 30, 2016.
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body also decided MINUSCA has an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel and 2,080 police personnel, which include additional troops authorized last month.
In late March, the UN Security Council authorized an increase of more than 1,000 peacekeepers for the MINUSCA, citing that the situation in CAR continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security.
MINUSCA was set up in April 2014 with the mandate to protect civilians from violence, support the country’s transition process and facilitate humanitarian assistance. According to the resolution, its mandate remains largely unchanged.
The latest conflict in CAR broke out in December 2012. More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the country. According to UN estimates, nearly 440,000 people remain displaced inside the country while some 190,000 have sought asylum across the borders. Enditem

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