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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

UN Says It’s Working to Secure Release of Four Peacekeepers Detained in Central African Republic

The United Nations says it is working to secure the release of four members of its peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic who were arrested earlier this week.

The four French military personnel were arrested Monday at the airport in the capital, Bangui, where they had been escorting French General Stephane Marchenior, the chief of staff of the UN peacekeeping mission known as MINUSCA.

Marchenior was at the airport for a time Monday before CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera was due to return from a trip to Belgium.

After Marchenior departed, the four soldiers were arrested. President Touadera’s plane landed a half-hour after the arrests.

File - United Nations Headquarters Stephane Dujar Fields Questions, At Un Headquarters, June 20, 2017.

FILE – United Nations Headquarters Stephane Dujar fields questions, at UN headquarters, June 20, 2017.

UN and Stephane Dujar told reporters in New York Tuesday the peacekeeping mission is in touch with the CAR government to secure the release of the four security personnel.

The soldiers remained in custody Tuesday, and police have not given a reason for their arrest. However, pictures of the French soldiers, their UN identifications and their military equipment have flooded social media accounts across Africa, along with a message accusing France of attempting to assassinate Touadera.

A Central African website known for its ties with Russian interests in Bangui was among the sites posting the meaning.

The French embassy in Bangui and the UN mission in the CAR condemned what they called a “misinformation campaign.”

UN Dujarric said the campaign is an “effort to continue to manipulate public sentiment.”

Some information for this report came from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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