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More than 1,000 Cameroonian soldiers join UN forces in CAR

LAGOS, Nigeria—Globe Afrique has reliably learned that Cameroon has deployed the 5th contingent of its troops for a peace-keeping and stabilization mission to the Central African Republic (CAR), according to Cameroon’s Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo on Saturday.

Cameroon’s defense ministry sources say the soldiers are deployed to contribute to peace and stability in neighboring CAR while strictly respecting UN regulation of impartiality and respect for human rights during their mission, the minister said.

The Cameroonian contingent forms part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).  MIMUSCA began activities in 2014 to protect CAR civilians under the UN Charter.

“Out of the 11,200 peacekeeping soldiers deployed in MINUSCA, Cameroon provides more than a thousand staff within its battalion,” said Assomo.

“We are ready because we have received all the skills in line with UN standard and we have all the material necessary to accomplish the mission,” said Colonel Martin Prospere Bayemi, commander of the 5th contingent of Cameroonian troops for MINUSCA.

The new Cameroon’s contingent takes over from a predecessor unit that spent a year building peace in the war-torn country.

Instabilities and the conflict in CAR began in 2013 following a violent takeover of power by the armed group called Seleka, meaning coalition in Sango, CAR’s national language

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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