The Security Council today (5 December) unanimously approved the deployment of French and African troops to the Central African Republic following the rapid deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the country in recent months. US Ambassador Samantha Power said that "what matters right now to the civilians whose lives are hanging in the balance is actually not the colour of their helmet of those tasked to protect them, what matters is whether the troops there move out aggressively to protect civilians and to restore security." UNTV
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