Newscast Media NEW YORK—UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended
deploying roughly 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic. This follows
renewed calls from the nation’s leadership to help avert a “humanitarian disaster.”
In a report to the members of the United Nations Security Council, Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon recommended deploying more peacekeeping personnel in order to help
return order to the Central African Republic (CAR). The report proposed sending
10,000 soldiers, plus 1,820 police officers.
The primary task of the UN deployment would be for “the protection of civilians,” in its
initial stages, according to Ban’s report. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The parliament of embattled Central African Republic
(C.A.R) elected Catherine Samba-Panza president, 24 hours ago, to lead the country
out of the chaos that has plagued it for the past several months. As former mayor of
Bangui, Samba-Panza, a lawyer, has vowed to organize free presidential elections and
to also lead the country out of civil strife that has gripped the nation.
“From today, I am the president of all Central Africans. I appeal to each and every
one of you to help rebuild our fatherland,” she said immediately after being elected
interim president of the Central African Republic.
The US government welcomed the election results of the parliament and said in a
“The United States welcomes the selection of Catherine Samba-Panza as
Transitional President in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). As C.A.R.’s first
woman head of state since the country’s independence, and with her special
background in human rights work and mediation, she has a unique opportunity
to advance the political transition process, bring all the parties together to end
the violence, and move her country toward elections not later than February
We also commend the Transitional National Council for conducting the selection
process for the new C.A.R. Transitional President in a deliberate, open, and
transparent manner that ensured the airing of a full range of views from C.A.R.’s
The United States has been deeply engaged in the work to help pull C.A.R. back
from the brink, including the pivotal visits of Ambassador Power and Assistant
Secretary Thomas-Greenfield less than a month ago…”
The new president is now facing the daunting task of extinguishing the ongoing
conflict between Muslim fighters and Christian militia.
Newscast Media BRUSSELS—The EU has approved sending soldiers to the Central African Republic, whose role is to help restore security in the country, which has been gripped by sectarian violence and political instability since last year.
EU foreign ministers approved a military mission to the Central African Republic (CAR) during a meeting in Brussels on Monday. The number of soldiers could not be confirmed by initial reports, which estimated the EU would deploy between 500 and 1,000 troops to the region. It was not immediately clear which nations from the 28-member bloc would send troops.
Last month, France contributed 1,600 soldiers to a 4,000-strong African Union mission on the ground tasked with maintaining order in CAR. France had been urging its allies to provide aid since December when sectarian clashes linked to political instability in the country escalated and unleashed a humanitarian crisis. The proposed EU mission now awaits ratification by the United Nations Security
The EU Humanitarian Aid Commission also announced on Monday that CAR would receive roughly 678 million euros ($500 million) in humanitarian aid.
“Today’s meeting put an end to the Central African Republic being an aid orphan forever,” the humanitarian aid commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, said.
Unrest has continued despite the resignation of CAR interim President Michel Djotodia. The transitional leader agreed to step down in early January after coming under pressure from the international community for failing to take effective action to end the clashes.
Djotodia, CAR’s first Muslim president, rose to power last March with the help of the Islamist Seleka rebel group, which had led a coup against the government. By the fall, Djotodia attempted to ban the rebel faction. The country experienced renewed violence after Christian groups began carrying out retaliatory attacks against Seleka militants.
According to UN figures, nearly one million people have been displaced by the conflict. In the capital, Bangui, half of the population, some 350,000 people, has been displaced.
Source: Deutsche Welle