UN Security Council extends peacekeeping mission mandate in CAR, Chad

10:38, May 13, 2010      

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The UN Security Council decided on Wednesday to extend the current mandate of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) for just two weeks, until May 26, while options for a revised mandate are thoroughly considered.

Determining that the situation in the region remained a threat to international peace and security, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 1922.

MINURCAT was established in 2007 to protect hundreds of thousands of refugees from the adjacent Darfur region of neighboring Sudan, other displaced persons and humanitarian workers.

Last month, UN and Chadian officials agreed on a major initial reduction of peacekeepers there after the government had called for the withdrawal of the military component of the mission, saying the force had served its purpose.

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said in his latest report on MINURCAT that, following the end of MINURCAT's mandate on May 15, the government of Chad has requested the withdrawal of military forces, asserting that it will bear primary responsibility for the security and protection of civilians.

To effectively manage the transitions, however, and mindful of continued fragility and instability in the north-eastern part of the Central African Republic bordering Chad and Sudan, the secretary-general recommended in the report that the Council approve a revised mandate for one year.



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