Moroccan peacekeepers leave CAR town
Moroccan peacekeepers deployed in Bria in the north central region of the Central African Republic (CAR) have been withdrawn, MINUSCA announced on Monday.
MINUSCA the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for Stabilization in the Central African Republic said on a private radio station in Bangui, the nation’s capital, that the decision came at the end of the demonstration staged by inhabitants of Bria last Thursday, demanding the withdrawal of the Moroccan contingent from Bria, for “bias” in their security activities.
“Depending on operational requirements, we very often have contingents or parts of the contingents across the country that move from one day to the next. It is therefore possible that some of these Moroccan soldiers will move to another part of the country,” said Hervé Verhoosel, MINUSCA director of information on a private radio station, to confirm the withdrawal of Moroccan peacekeepers from the CAR town.
“What is important is that the entire town of Bria will remain protected by the Blue Helmets. Whatever the nationality, peacekeepers are there to represent the United Nations and, of course, not their country. Security is always present in Bria,” Verhoosel added.