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UN Wants Central African Republic Government To Protect MINUSCA Forces

The UN also mentioned the role of Russian forces in the Central Africa Republic’s conflict with rebels.

The United Nations Security Council has called on the Central African Republic government to take necessary measures to guarantee the security of UN forces in the country.

In a resolution which was unanimously approved by all members of the Council on Monday, June 7, 2021, the Council called on CAR government “and all the forces present in the country to take all the appropriate measures to reinforce the security” of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in the face of rising tension between Paris and Bangui.

The resolution which was taken during a closed-door session of the Security Council underlined the necessity for coordination between the United Nations forces and “the forces present on the ground.”

Though the Security Council resolution did not identify “the forces on the ground” it was referring to, it seems to implicitly target the over one thousand Russian soldiers qualified as “instructors” by Moscow and several hundred mercenaries of the private Russian group Wagner Security deployed in CAR.

The resolution did not also detail what led to the sudden meeting of the Security Council and only talked of “attacks against the Blue Helmets of the United Nations can constitute war crimes.”

According to a diplomat at the United Nations who spoke on condition of anonymity, “MINUSCA has been the target of hindrances and media attacks on the ground.”

Last month,  Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the Assistant UN Secretary General for Peace Operations, who was last week in the Central African Republic, had during a meeting with the press evoked recent incidents between the Blue Helmets and other forces on the ground without naming the said forces.

During Monday’s Security Council meeting, Mankeur Ndiaye, the Chief of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic, briefed the members on the situation on the ground in 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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