France Urges UN to help in Central African Republic

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Photo: Flickr.com/World Economic Forum

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
Photo: Flickr.com/World Economic Forum

On Friday December 27, during talks with Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, French President François Hollande expressed his wish that the United Nations would play a more important role in the transition period in the Central African Republic.

Hollande also thanked the leader for the reinforcement of African forces organized by the UN. The UN Security Council had voted a resolution in December on the possible transformation of the International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) into an official peacekeeping mission, after it is approved and when conditions allow it.

Ban Ki-Moon must report on the subject in three months. After the discussion with Hollande, however, the organization announced that it would intensify discussions on the potential deployment of the mission.

In a written communiqué from the Elysée, Hollande emphasized that his country’s actions aimed to protect the Central African Republic’s entire population, without discrimination. French military presence in the streets of Bangui was massive on December 27, the day of Hollande and Ban Ki-Moon’s interaction.

Anti-French sentiment is growing among the nation’s Muslim population, however. This was made clear during a December 22 protest in Bangui following the death of three soldiers of the Séléka, an ex-rebel group mainly comprised of Muslims, from a northern region of the country.

Since December 5, approximately 1,600 French and 4,000 MISCA soldiers have been deployed in the African nation. The Red Cross estimates that at least one thousand have been killed during this time period.

Nearly one million citizens have been displaced, of which 200,000 were within the last week. This week, the number of displaced arriving at the airport in Bangui for refuge nearly doubled to 100,000.

Attacks on civilians, pillaging, and the presence of armed elements in certain sites welcoming the displaced are limiting the access of humanitarian organizations and distribution of supplies has become more difficult, according to France Inter.

According to diplomats, Ban Ki-Moon could send an emergency peacekeeping force to the central African nation.

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  1. […] France Urges UN to help in Central African Republic. On Friday, December 27, during talks with Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, French President François Hollande expressed his wish that the United Nations would play a more important role in the transition period in the Central African Republic. Hollande also thanked the leader for the reinforcement of African forces organized by the UN. The UN Security Council had voted a resolution in December on the possible transformation of the International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) into an official peacekeeping mission, after it is approved and when conditions allow it. […]

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