NEW YORK (LNC) — According to a UN Official, the United Nations, on Monday plans to redeploy some 300 peacekeepers to Central African Republic from a U.N. mission in Ivory Coast in a bid to boost security ahead of the country’s planned December elections and a visit by Pope Francis.
The Senegalese troops from the U.N. quick reaction force in Ivory Coast would be redeployed as soon as possible for about eight weeks “in light of the ongoing tense security situation,” said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
As a result of closed consultations about CAR on Monday, the British Deputy Permanent Representative Peter Wilson, whose his country holds the Presidency of the United Nations’ Security Council in November, said that the Council supported this initiative, and clearly will give its agreement « within the coming days ».
«With the escalation of violence, the Council supports the call for temporarily deployment of the quick reaction force of UNOCI.», he told Press.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will send a letter to the U.N. Security Council requesting approval for the move. The 15-member body is likely to give the greenlight, diplomats said.
A U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the troops from the Ivory Coast mission would likely be deployed before a planned visit by Pope Francis later this month.
The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic will also be boosted with an additional 750 troops and 140 police. The mission currently has some 9,100 peacekeepers and about 1,500 police. It does not need Security Council approval for this increase as it falls within its mandated strength.
The U.N. official has said some of those reinforcements should be in place before the pope’s visit.
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