UN FORCE FOR CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC TAKING SHAPE

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UNITED NATIONS: A UN peacekeeping force for Central African Republic will begin deploying in two months, with some 2,500 troops joining African and French forces, UN and French officials said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). Bangladesh, Pakistan and Morocco have agreed to contribute three battalions to the new UN force, said France’s UN Ambassador Gerard Araud. Indonesia and Cambodia are sending engineers, while Sri Lanka will provide helicopters for much-needed patrols in rural areas. The first contingents will begin arriving around September 15 and will beef up the 6,000 African troops serving in the African Union’s MISCA force.

AFP

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