Central African leaders urge boost for CAR peacekeepers

A United Nations Operation in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) military convoy is pictured on November 25, 2015 in BanguiLeaders from central African countries on Wednesday urged the UN to boost the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic to help stabilise a nation plagued by violence. Meeting in Gabon’s capital Libreville, heads of state and government from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) said they would request action from the UN Security Council to strengthen the 12,000-member MINUSCA force in CAR. Pope Francis is set to visit the chronically unstable CAR on Sunday and Monday as part of a landmark first trip to Africa that he kicked off on Wednesday.

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