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UN to vote on force for C. African Republic
UN Security Council to vote on peacekeeping force in Central African Republic this month
Associated Press
2014-04-03 03:22 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The president of the Security Council says a vote on a long-requested U.N. peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic is expected in the second week of this month.

Nigerian Ambassador Joy Ogwu, who holds the presidency this month, told reporters Wednesday that a resolution on the force is "in the making."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged council members to act quickly on his recommendation for a 12,000-member peacekeeping mission in CAR, which has faced months of unprecedented sectarian violence.

The Christian and Muslim fighting has raised fears of genocide and sent thousands fleeing.

The U.N. peacekeeping chief has said it would take about six months to organize and deploy the U.N. peacekeeping force. Nearly 6,000 African Union troops and about 1,600 French soldiers are already on the ground.

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