UN to withdraw force from Chad, CAR this year

“The UN Security Council voted Tuesday to withdraw a UN force from Chad and the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR) despite concern about the protection of civilians in the region.

The 15-member body ordered the withdrawal, which was requested by Chad, to be completed by the end of the year.

But it also took note of commitments by the Ndjamena government ‘to assume full responsibility for the security and the protection of the civilian population in eastern Chad’ where there are hundreds of thousands of displaced Chadians and refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region.

Amnesty International warned the move could leave large numbers of ‘vulnerable’ people at risk.”

(Source: AFP: UN to withdraw force from Chad, CAR this year.)

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