UN extends peacekeepers in Central African Republic

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Safety Council has voted unanimously to increase the U.N. peacekeeping drive in Central African Republic for a 12 months, with a mandate to guard civilians, assist peace efforts and help in getting ready for elections beginning in 2020.

The French-drafted decision adopted Friday welcomes the Feb. 6 peace settlement signed by the federal government and 14 armed teams. However it condemns “within the strongest phrases” violations and violence perpetrated by some armed teams and militias all through the nation.

The decision additionally condemns “incitement to ethnic and spiritual hatred and violence, violations of worldwide humanitarian regulation and human rights violations and abuses, together with these dedicated in opposition to youngsters and people involving sexual and gender-based violence in battle.”

Central African Republic has been wracked by interreligious and intercommunal preventing since 2013.

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