Situation in CAR requires "prompt" and "decisive" action: UN Deputy Chief

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Jan Eliasson

There's a unified view of the need for a UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), but the question is when such an operation can be on the ground.

That's what the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told reporters following a Security Council meeting on Monday where he presented a report from a technical assistance team that has just returned from the country.

Jan Eliasson said the situation is chaotic and warned that there is a risk of an anarchic situation arising.

That is why there is a need for stability to come from the outside at this moment, Mr. Eliasson added.

"It is urgent to stabilize the situation, to stop this violence from spreading and reduce the influence from the outside and of course protect civilians and make possible humanitarian assistance which is urgently needed. I hope that we will soon see a resolution and above all I hope that we will soon see a presence on the ground that will stabilize the situation and prevent this conflict from getting out of control completely."

The present forecast, Mr. Eliasson noted, is that there will be a strengthened African-led International Support Mission (MISCA), as well as contributions from Member States in agreement with the CAR authorities.

MISCA has an estimated strength of 6,000 troops and 1,700 police personnel.

He also said that several missions have requested that "contingency plans start for a possible UN peacekeeping operation" depending on the situation on the ground and on the agreement of the Security Council.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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