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UN Blocks Dispatch Of Over 600 New Russian Mercenaries To Central African Republic

The killing of Chadian soldiers, burning of an IDP camp, among other violations has forced the UN to take action on Russian mercenaries in CAR.

The United Nations Security Council has blocked the dispatch of over 600 new Russian mercenaries to the Central African Republic over allegations of war crimes and multiple violations of human rights attributed to the mercenaries.

After denouncing the violation of the status of forces agreement (SOFA) between the Central African Republic government and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (MINUSCA), the UN Security Council has firmly condemned the violations perpetrated by Russian and Syrian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group in the Central African Republic.

Taking into consideration the attack by the Russian mercenaries on a border post of the Chadian army resulting in the death of six Chadian soldiers on May 30, 2021, then the arrest followed by death threats against the Assistant Chief of the MINUSCA at the Chad-Central African Republic border on May 30, 2021 as well as the burning of a displaced persons camp in Bambari last week and the numerous human rights violations on civilians, the UN Security Council holds that the Russian mercenaries were rather worsening the security situation in the Central African Republic.

Besides all these, within the last four months, the MINUSCA deployment accord between the CAR and the UN, which has been in place since 2004, has been violated more than 60 times, and this because of Russian and Syrian mercenaries of Wagner Security Group.

As a result, the dispatch of over 600 new Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Security Group has been blocked by the United Nations Security Council.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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