UN takes over African-led mission in Central African Republic

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A view of the official hand-over ceremony transitioning peacekeeping responsibilities in the Central African Republic from MISCA to MINUSCA. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

The African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) has been transferred to the United Nations on Monday.

In a ceremony held in the country's capital, Bangui, the authority was officially reassigned from MISCA to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Some 6,600 troops and more than 1,000 police officers swapped the African Union green beret for the UN blue helmet.

The head of MINUSCA, General Babacar Gaye says there are advantages to the new arrangement.

"Compared to an African force, the first advantage is to have predictable and sustainable financial resource for the mission. The second, we are going to have the advantage of our experience and last but not least, we have the advantage of a comprehensive approach that the UN is implementing and which is recognized as being an area where we are far ahead of several regional organizations." (29")

MINUSCA was established by the Security Council in April with an authorized strength of 12,000 personnel to help restore stability to the Central African Republic.

Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others displaced since the conflict broke out between Christian and Muslim communities in December 2012.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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