NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) -- The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to authorize a new peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic.
According to UNSC Resolution 2149, the new peacekeeping force will be deployed for one year with a maximum of 10,000 military and 1,800 police personnel.
The decision to deploy a new peacekeeping force is in line with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's proposed 6-point plan to to address the crisis in CAR.
In February, the secretary-general recommended the creation of a coordinated command to oversee all international forces in CAR that are focused on containing the violence, protecting civilians, preventing further displacements, creating a secure environment for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and laying the groundwork for the handover to a UN peacekeeping force as soon as possible.
On Thursday, the Security Council voted to establish the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.
The resolution laid out that MINUSCA's priorities in CAR will be to protect civilians, support the governmental transition process, facilitate humanitarian assistance deliveries, protect UN personnel and facilities, promote and protect human rights, support rule of law, and support disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, and repatriation efforts.
The UN authorized "MINUSCA to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate, within its capabilities and its areas of deployment."
CAR has been rocked by violence since the Muslim-backed Séléka group took control of Bangui in March 2013 and removed Christian President François Bozizé. Renewed violence broke out in the capital city of Bangui in December 2013 and surged again in late March.