Support to African-led mission in Central African Republic urged

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Francoise is leaving Central African Republic and returning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her seven children. UNHCR/H.Reichenberger

The international community has been urged to urgently provide financial and material support to peacekeepers in the Central African Republic which continues to be plagued by inter-communal violence.

The appeal was made by the head of UN peacekeeping operations, Hervé Ladsous as the Security Council discussed the situation in the country on Thursday.

Mr. Ladsous said although the situation in the capital Bangui has stabilized to some extent, civilians are still being killed everyday by other civilians and by armed groups because of their religious affiliations.

He said the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) and French forces have saved many lives in the country.

"Now MISCA still lacks critical capabilities to achieve its full potential. Let me therefore join the Secretary-General in calling on bilateral partners and member states to provide urgently to MISCA rapid and generous financial and material support, including for the payment of its personnel and for the reimbursement of major military equipment."  (23″)

In his report to the Security Council, the UN Secretary-General is proposing a United Nations  peacekeeping operation with close to 12,000 troops and police personnel in the Central African Republic.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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