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Topic - Central African Republic
The west of Central African Republic has been "cleansed" of most Muslims as largely-Christian "anti-Balaka" militias step up force in the region, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said Thursday.
Central African Republic's foreign minister told the Security Council Thursday that a U.N. peacekeeping mission is urgently needed in his country to bolster French and African troops struggling to contain sectarian killing between Muslims and Christians. One top U.N. official said there essentially has been a "cleansing" of the Muslim population in western Central Africa Republic.
European Union defense ministers say EU peacekeepers are expected to arrive in the Central African Republic in early March to help stop the sectarian violence that has claimed more than 1,000 lives and forced nearly 1 million people to flee.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the African Union and France to rapidly deploy at least 3,000 additional troops and police to the Central African Republic to prevent further religious killings that have forced almost one million people to flee their homes.
European Union defense ministers are gathering in Athens to discuss European military operations and cooperation in a two-day informal meeting, which will also be attended by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for the rapid deployment of at least 3,000 additional troops and police to conflict-wracked Central African Republic to prevent further religious killings that have forced almost one million people to flee their homes and are partitioning the country into Muslim and Christian areas.
An official says a disarmament program in Central African Republic has been met with resistance.
Thousands of Muslims who tried to flee the violence in Central African Republic's capital were turned back by peacekeepers Friday, as crowds of angry Christians shouted "we're going to kill you all."
The exodus of tens of thousands of Muslims from Central African Republic amounts to "ethnic cleansing," a top U.N. official and Amnesty International said Wednesday. The rights group warned that the sectarian bloodshed now underway despite the presence of thousands of peacekeepers is a "tragedy of historic proportions."
Zealous efforts to protect national security have taken a toll on press freedom in the last year, above all in the United States, a media watchdog said Wednesday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised the possibility Tuesday that conflict-wracked Central African Republic could be divided as a result of sectarian brutality and called for a robust international force, including a possible U.N. peacekeeping force, to avoid mass atrocities.
Rebels who escaped the capital of Central African Republic last month with the illicit help of peacekeepers from Chad, have now resumed their killing spree in the country's north, a human rights group said Thursday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against homosexuals on Thursday, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.
Central African Republic's new premier warned Saturday that his nation's capital "remains a battlefield" where murderous mobs armed with machetes are slaughtering scores of civilians. He urged the international community to step up its aid to the beleaguered country.
Germany has been called a reluctant giant - Europe's biggest power, but one that balks at a front-line leadership role beyond finance.