STOP THE ARMS TRADE!
- Clashes in the Central African Republic have left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.
10 April 2014
The 15-member United Nations (UN) Security Council has unanimously approved the creation of a peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic to try to end violence between Christians and Muslims from spiralling into genocide.
The UN force, Minusca, will see the deployment, of up to 10,000 troops, 1,800 police and 20 corrections officers.
It has also permitted French troops in the landlocked former colony to support UN peacekeepers.
The operation will assume authority on 15 September from the African Union's 5,600-strong Misca force, which was deployed in December. The council wants the UN force to include "as many Misca military and police personnel as possible".
An 800-strong European Union force is also due to start deploying in the first week of May.