Africa

C.African religious leaders ask for UN peacekeepers

Rome — Christian and Muslim leaders from conflict-torn Central African Republic said Monday they have appealed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon to rapidly deploy peacekeepers to stop the country's "descent into hell".

A multi-faith delegation, made up of an archbishop, an imam and the head of the country's Protestant community, made the plea during a 10-day visit to Washington and New York, where they also sought help from the United States to end months of Christian-Muslim violence.

Tuareg leader to Mali government: start talks or risk new revolt

Published March 25, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - The leader of a new armed group in Mali's troubled north said the central government in Bamako could face another uprising of his Tuareg people if it resists pressure to launch long-delayed talks on the region's future.

Mali exploded into violence when Tuareg separatist fighters tried to take over the north in early 2012. Islamist militants eventually occupied the region, triggering a French military intervention last year that drove most of the militants out.

Security Council: UN envoy says solid basis for reform needed to consolidate Liberia’s peace

Published March 20, 2014 by UN News Centre
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20 March 2014 – As Liberia enters its second post-conflict decade, it faces great challenges to institutionalizing critical sector reforms and building capacity for effective governance, a senior United Nations official said today, adding that seizing the present “window of opportunity” would be critical for consolidating the country’s hard-won peace and charting a future of inclusive development.

South Sudan: UN Security Council Urges Sudan and South Sudan to Withdraw Troops From Abyei

Published March 19, 2014 by All Africa
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The UN Security Council President Sylvie Lucas (Luxembourg) issued a statement on Monday (March 17). This followed last week's briefing to the Council by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, and Special Representative to the African Union, Haile Menkerios.

The statement reiterated the Council's grave concern about the security and humanitarian situation in the Abyei Area, and condemned recent clashes between armed elements. The Council commended the leadership and peacekeepers of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

EU aims to deploy Central Africa mission by end-April: general

Published March 19, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - The European Union wants to deploy troops to Central African Republic by the end of April, the general picked to lead the proposed mission said on Wednesday, adding the crisis in Ukraine had delayed its launch.

France has accused the EU of shirking its responsibility for international security after a plan to send up to 1,000 troops to Central African Republic this week seemed set to collapse.

Liberia: Unmil Begins Drawing Down in Gbarpolu

Published March 17, 2014 by All Africa
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Gbarpolu — The first batch of military officers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL) have departed the provincial city of Bopolu in Gbarpolu County, in continuation of the Mission's ongoing drawdown process in Liberia.

UNMIL Sector A-1 Regional Administrative Officer, Joseph Mashindo, told citizens during a town hall meeting held at the Bopolu City Hall on Thursday, that UNMIL has agreed to turn-over to the county administration all housing units and other facilities previously used by the mission.

Morocco seeks to pre-empt UN rights debate on W.Sahara

Published March 18, 2014 by Global Post
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Morocco is seeking to forestall UN Security Council debate on its rights record in Western Sahara when the mandate of the territory's peacekeepers is renewed, with several reform announcements.

Last year, Washington sought to task the peacekeeping force, known as MINURSO, with human rights monitoring in Western Sahara, an unexpected move fiercely opposed by Morocco, which controls most of the disputed territory and is highly sensitive to criticism of its policies there.

Ahead of rainy season, UN mission relocates displaced civilians in South Sudan capital

Published March 17, 2014 by UN News Centre
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17 March 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says it is in the process of relocating civilians displaced amid the recent conflict to better shelter ahead of coming rains.

Peacekeepers seize large weapons cache in C. Africa

Published March 17, 2014 by Global Post
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African peacekeepers on Monday announced the seizure of a large weapons cache near Bangui airport in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic.

"This is an important arsenal that would be enough to keep a large part of Bangui under siege," said a source in the MISCA force who asked to remain anonymous.

Rwanda: MONUSCO Yet to Show Will to Fight Fdlr - Amb Gasana

Published March 16, 2014 by All Africa
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The UN peacekeeping mission in the DR Congo (Monusco) is clearly not willing to fight the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia, a Rwandan envoy told the Security Council on Friday.

Amb. Eugène-Richard Gasana, Rwanda's Permanent Representative to the UN, was addressing the Council during a briefing on Monusco and the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSC) for the DR Congo and the region.

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