Central African Republic needs peacekeepers, says UN envoy

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Officers of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) UN Photo/Olivia Grey Pritchard

The void left by the withdrawal of Chadian peacekeepers from the Central African Republic should be quickly filled.

That's according to the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, who was speaking during her visit to the country over the weekend.

Chad completed the withdrawal of its contingent of African Union troops last month amidst reports that it had sided with Muslim militias in the ongoing conflict.

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others forced to flee their homes in the violence between Christian and Muslim communities in the country.

On Saturday, Ms Robinson met with interim President Catherine Samba-Panza.

"She is worried about the withdrawal of the forces from Chad which have left a void in that part of the country. We need to fill that void quickly. We discussed many other issues and I am very impressed by her determination and her vision for the country." (14″)

The Special Envoy also visited a camp for internally displaced persons near Bangui Airport before leaving for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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