EU to send 500 troops to CAR – fewer than expected

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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EU to send 500 troops to Central African Republic, fewer than expected

By Adrian Croft

BRUSSELS Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:43pm EST

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union decided on Monday to send troops to help stabilize Central African Republic, deploying its first major army operation in six years, but the force will be smaller than originally expected at around 500-strong.

The EU has been spurred into action by communal bloodshed in Central African Republic that led a senior U.N. official to warn last week of a risk of genocide there without a more decisive international response.

France, which sent 1,600 troops to its former colony last month to stop massacres between Muslim and Christian militias triggered by a March coup, welcomed the EU’s move, which follows French lobbying for stronger…

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