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UN to hammer out details of C. Africa peacekeeping plan

Published on Mar 6, 2014 6:08 AM
A French soldier stands guard in front of a helicopter transporting French army general Francesco Soriano (unseen), the commander of the French-led Operation Sangaris in Central Africa, during a visit in the town of Yaloke, north of Bangui, on Feb 2, 2014. - FILE PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - United Nations diplomats will begin hammering out the details of a peacekeeping plan for the Central African Republic on Thursday, hoping to restore order to the strife-torn country.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has recommended deploying a 12,000-strong force to the former French colony, where political and sectarian violence following a coup last year has left thousands dead.

In a 24-page report to the UN Security Council, Mr Ban called for a force of 10,000 soldiers and 1,820 police officers to be sent to CAR to halt the bloodshed and work towards elections.

A first discussion of the report is to take place at the UN on Thursday, but while there is a broad consensus that a peacekeeping mission is inevitable, agreement on fine details is a long way off.

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