Portugal to deploy 160 special forces in CAR

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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A battalion of around 160 Army Commandos is ready and waiting to be deployed on a mission to the Central African Republic and is now waiting for a number of logistical matters to be solved, the chief of staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces said.

“Everything is ready. At the moment all that has to be done is to clear up a number of logistical issues in the theatre of operations, but these are of a logistical nature,” said Rovisco Duarte.

The United Nations (UN) approved a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic in April 2014 with the protection of citizens as its main priority. The Central African Republic has experienced over three years of a bloody civil war and sectarian violence.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) took on the task of peacekeeping in the country in 2015.

The Portuguese chief of staff was speaking to journalists at the end of a visit by members of the parliamentary committee for National Defence to the Commando regiment in Sintra, just north of the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

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