Jakarta: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) has appealed to the UN Security Council for more peacekeepers and equipment amid escalating violence surrounding elections last month.
According to the Head of Minusca Mankeur Ndiaye, this new security situation is testing Minusca's ability to ensure civilians are protected.
"We need an increase in our capacity in order to respond to this new threat which is destabilizing the country even further”, said Ndiaye during a virtual meeting held on Thursday.
An alliance of armed groups, known as the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), launched attacks ahead of the 27 December vote, which saw incumbent President, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, returned to power.
Assaults and ambushes have continued, including against UN peacekeepers, seven of whom have been killed in recent weeks.
"We need a strategy to manage the mandate; a substantial increase of uniformed troops in the mission," he said.
"If our requests are not heard, the response of the mission, and most particularly that of the forces, is going to be to do whatever it can. But troops are currently deployed over extremely large areas and as a result, the force only has limited response ability, and we cannot cover the entire territory because of the size of the country”, he said," he explained.