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UN mulls drone use to monitor Central Africa conflict

Published on May 4, 2014 10:15 AM

BANGUI, Centrafrique (AFP) - The United Nations is considering the use of unarmed drones to monitor sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, a UN official said on Saturday, ahead of the deployment in September of 12,000 peacekeepers in the restive nation.

UN under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations Herve Ladsous said he was thinking about the possible deployment of unmanned aircraft systems to see what is happening on the ground.

"I think this is a very useful instrument in this type of territory," he told a news conference in the Central African capital.

The UN force will be taking over from 2,000 French and 6,000 African Union soldiers already in place.

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