Monday, 3 March 2014

For Peace in Central African Republic

For peace creation in Central African Republic, pour la paix en Centrafrique

UN Chief Ban Ki Moon urges peacekeeping forces

Presiden Catherine Samba-Panza has refused to allow her country to implode on itself or watch as Central African citizens are harassed and intimidated by rebel forces. She has also remain steadfast in keeping her government functioning throughout the war reminding the rebels that nothing will stop her from defeating them. Stability is crucial for Central African Republic it reassures the public that the government hasn't abandon them. President Samba-Panza has called on the international community not just Western countries but Africa and Asian countries to aid her government in putting a final end to the war or conflict in the country. The Central African military still functions with the help of 8, 000 African Union troops representing a variety of African countries including Chad and Rwanda whose own conflict from 20 years ago is being replayed in Central African Republic. Some 2,000 French troops also operate alongside the AU troops and Central African soldiers despite the fact that AU troops have been operating in Darfur and Somalia without the inclusion of Western military forces.

Last year, French President Fracnois Hollande had been garnering support for a possible EU military deployment (read NATO troops) to Central African Republic made up of countries as diverse as Georgia and Turkey. The EU troops would form part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force. It would be the UN's latest peacekeeping mission in Africa. CAR's neighbors DR Congo, Somalia, Darfur already have peacekeeping missions attempting to restore stability within each country. Turkey had promised humanitarian aid for CAR as the country now faces a food crisis while its citizens continue on their exodus to safety. UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon had asked Turkish President on troop commitment to end the violence in Central African Republic. However Turkey has been hesitant to confirm sending its troops to Central African Republic as the government focuses on the Syrian war in their own backyard. Central African Press  reported that a Turkish delegation to the Organization of Islamic Conference are still discussing the possibility to send troops. The EU is hoping that Turkey's sympathy for fellow Muslims in CAR would be the driving force behind joining the EU deployment when it occurs. Which explains the pressure on Turkey. Coincidentally, Turkey is not an EU member. Meanwhile Chadian Politician Ahmat Yacoub met with Turkish press to speak on CAR's instability and its affects on Chad. 

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