Cameroon’s Defense Minister Joseph Beti Asomo says a contingent of 1000 Cameroonian troops dispatched as part of a United Nations, UN peace keeping force to the Central African Republic, CAR must carry out their assignment with an eye on the respect of human rights.
Beti Asomo uttered the words of caution Friday August 24 during a ceremony in Youande to officially send the troops to the foreign mission.
The contingent comprising 650 soldiers and 350 gendarmes are taking over from a team of 1000 Cameroonian security officers who have come to the end of their mission in the neighbouring country. It is the fifth Cameroon contingent of the United Nation’s Multidemensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA.
At Friday’s ceremony, the head of the contingent Colonel Martin Prospere Bayemi was handed the batton of command to lead the troops on the peace mission. The troops were dressed in the MINUSCA peace keeping attire. Their’s is reported to have been sewn as a sign of encouragement by President Paul Biya.
Cameroon is a regular contributor of troops to theMINUSCA operation in CAR. It is already feeling the pinch of the political and security crisis in the country with thousands of refugees from the neighbouring country on its soil. The security threats in the East Region are predominantly are consequence of infiltration from CAR seleca rebels.
MINUSCA was created on April 10, 2014. Its headquarters is in Bangui , CAR. It came at the instance of the security council of the UN after it raised concerns over the security, humanitarian, human rights and stability situation following the political crisis in the Country.
It’s prime assignment is the protection of civilian. It also has as mission to contribute in the transitional process, facilitate humanitarian assistance, protection of human rights, support for justice, the rule of law, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration.
I t has a personnel strength of over 14000 . The number is higher number than the close to 13000 initially recommended. The budget of the MINUSCA for the 2017/2018 year alone stands at over $ 882 million. Top contributors for the mission include, Parkistan, Egypt, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Zambia, Burundi, Mauritania, Morocco and Gabon.