Ban: More troops needed in Chad, C.A.R.

UNITED NATIONS, April 22 (UPI) -- The head of the United Nations called on the international community to support the peacekeeping effort in Chad and the Central African Republic.

Ban said Tuesday that the peacekeeping mission in Chad and the Central African Republic, known as Minurcat, is well short of troop commitments and much-needed equipment like helicopters, the United Nations reported.


According to a U.N. news release, Minurcat's troop number is currently only half of the 5,200 requested in order to protect the growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons along with effectively countering rebel violence.

"I urge member states to provide the missing force personnel and enablers, particularly night-capable military helicopters, to ensure the mission can implement its mandate without constraint," Ban wrote in a report to the U.N. Security Council.

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