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In the coming months before U.N. troops deploy, he urged all countries, especially the European Union and African Union, “to do everything in their power to bolster peacekeeping capacities on the ground, protect CAR’s besieged Muslim minority, and contribute to the tragically underfunded humanitarian effort.”

On the streets of the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, there was a mixed reaction to the approval of a U.N. force.

Cyrius Zemangui-Kette, 25, who is unemployed, said U.N. troops should have been sent in long ago, but the international community dragged its feet and now things have gotten worse.

“They say they’ll arrive in September,” he said. “Until then, lots of Central Africans will continue to die, so who are they coming to save?”

Youssouf Adam, 45, a Muslim trader, praised the U.N. deployment but said there were other ways to resolve the crisis.

“If the International Criminal Court, for example, starts to identify the perpetrators of crimes and arrests them, that could worry the perpetrators and give a feeling of justice to the victims who would agree to lower the tensions,” he said. “We also have to promote cohesion between the communities that are hostile.”

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Associated Press writer Hippolyte Marboua contributed to this report from Bangui, Central African Republic.