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U.N. proposes Central African Republic peacekeeping force

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Monday proposed a nearly 12,000-strong peacekeeping force for conflict-ravaged Central African Republic that would have a "robust mandate" and initially focus on protecting civilians. The recommendation was included in a report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the 15-nation Security Council.

UN wants 10,000 soldiers, 1,820 police for C.Africa

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday recommended deploying 11,820 peacekeepers in strife-torn Central African Republic, including 10,000 soldiers and 1,820 police officers, to re-establish order. In a report sent to the 15 members of the Security Council, Ban specified that the peacekeeping mission should focus, in the initial stage, on "the protection of civilians."

UN wants 10,000 soldiers, 1,820 police for C.Africa

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday recommended deploying 11,820 peacekeepers in strife-torn Central African Republic, including 10,000 soldiers and 1,820 police officers, to re-establish order. In a report sent to the 15 members of the Security Council, Ban specified that the peacekeeping mission should focus, in the initial stage, on "the protection of civilians." avz/nss/jm

UN wants 10,000 soldiers, 1,820 police for C.Africa

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday recommended deploying 11,820 peacekeepers in strife-torn Central African Republic, including 10,000 soldiers and 1,820 police officers, to re-establish order. In a report sent to the 15 members of the Security Council, Ban specified that the peacekeeping mission should focus, in the initial stage, on "the protection of civilians." avz/nss/jm

U.N. chief wants 3,000 more troops for Central African Republic

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appealed to the international community to send an additional 3,000 troops and police to Central African Republic to combat worsening sectarian violence until a likely U.N. peacekeeping force is established.

Austria boosts peacekeepers after Golan withdrawal

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria will send more peacekeepers to the Balkans and Africa after its withdrawal from the Golan Heights last year raised questions about the neutral Alpine country's international commitment. Austria's unilateral decision to pull its troops out of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan, where it had been the biggest contingent, provoked anger in Israel and an expression of "regret" from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the time.

France to send 400 more troops to Central African Republic

By James Regan and Michelle Nichols PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France said on Friday it plans to send another 400 troops to help combat a crisis in the Central African Republic as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pleaded for more swift, robust international help to stop sectarian violence that could turn into a genocide.

Act now to halt Central Africa atrocities: UN's Ban

The international community must act swiftly to halt bloodshed in the Central African Republic, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday, warning that unchecked atrocities and sectarian cleansing could lead to decades of conflict. The UN Secretary-General said that parts of the strife-torn country with no history of violence were being drawn into the conflict, and entire Muslim communities had fled in what has been described as an "exodus of historic scale."

UN chief warns of 'partition' in C.Africa

UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday that the strife-torn Central African Republic could split into two as he urged the global community to do more to prevent further atrocities there. "The sectarian brutality is changing the country's demography," Ban Ki-moon told reporters. "The de facto partition of the C.A.R. is a distinct risk." The impoverished former French colony descended into chaos last March after rebels overthrew the government, sparking deadly Christian-Muslim violence that has uprooted a million people.

UN delegation eyes Mali peacekeeping challenge up close

A year after French troops sent Islamic militants scattering in Mali, a UN Security Council delegation is in the African country to weigh the challenges faced by the undermanned, African-led peacekeeping mission there. Gerard Araud, France's top representative on the Security Council and the head of the delegation, told reporters after arrival late Saturday in the capital Bamako that the delegation was to visit through to Monday, "with the aim of backing stabilisation in the country and action".
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