Security Council authorizes UN mission in Central African RepublicListen /
The decision to create a UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has been described as a "key turning point" in the ongoing internal conflict in the country.
Thousands of people have died and over 2 million are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the crisis which began in 2012.
In a resolution unanimously adopted on Thursday, the Security Council established the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, the sponsor of the resolution, outlined the mandate of the new force.
"The resolution we just adopted is a key turning point. It authorizes the deployment of a genuine UN peacekeeping operation in CAR, MINUSCA, which will comprise close to 12,000 UN peacekeepers, 10,000 soldiers, 2,000 police and gendarme. Their mandate under Chapter VII will focus on protection of civilians, restoration of law and orders, support to humanitarian access, monitoring of human rights and fight against impunity."
Ambassador Araud said MINUSCA will begin its operations on 15 September.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.