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UN Security Council Extends Mandate Of UN Forces In CAR For 1 Year

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by one year to November 15, 2021.

In adopting Resolution 2552 extending the mandate, the UN Security Council decided that the MINUSCA force strength would remain at 11,650 soldiers and 2,080 police officers and reiterated its intention to ensure that the number remained the same.

The council declared that the strategic objective of MINUSCA had been to “support the putting in place of political, security and institutional conditions necessary for the durable reduction of the presence and threat of armed groups within the context of a global approach and a solid proactive attitude without prejudice to the basic principles of maintaining peace”.

It called on all parties in the armed conflict in the Central African Republic, including the armed groups, to put an end to sexual violence and exploration and for Central African authorities to quickly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse with a view to fighting the impunity of certain officials.

It also called on the government to take concrete targeted and clearly defined measures in time in order to put in place the joint communiqué of the United Nations and the Central African Government on the prevention and the resolution of sexual violence in conflict, to guarantee that those responsible were excluded from the security sector and brought to justice, and to facilitate immediate access by all victims of sexual violence to available services.

The MINUSCA was created on April 10, 2014 by virtue of Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter with a view to protect Central African civilians.

The Central African Republic has since 2012 been involved in civil war linked to ethnic and religious causes. The Central African Government which controls only one fifth of the country wants MINUSCA to assume responsibilities for the security of the country.

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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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