France sends troops to Central African Republic ahead of U.N. peacekeeping vote

French troops are on their way to the Central African Republic as the U.N. Security Council prepares to vote on the peacekeeping mission in the violence-ravaged African country.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Dec. 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM   |   0 comments

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Dec. 4 (UPI) -- French troops are en route to the Central African Republic in anticipation of a United Nations Security Council vote later this week that will authorize an African Union-led force partly comprised of French troops.

The U.N. resolution allows for 3,600 soldiers under the auspices of the African Union and deployment of an additional 1,000 French troops to augment the French force of 400 already in-country. The resolution will be set to a vote on Thursday. Some French troops are already on their way to the violence-ravaged country, making their way through Cameroon while French military supplies were flown directly into Bangui.

France has suggested a mini-summit to be held this Saturday as an opportunity for regional countries to discuss possible solutions to the crisis in the Central African Republic. One senior African official responded to the summit idea with the suggestion that the agenda also includes "what would be the political solution after the military intervention finishes."

The Central African Republic has been rocked by violence since Seleka, a Muslim-backed group, took control of the capital in March and removed Christian President François Bozizé.

[Financial Times]

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