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MINURCA extension proposed

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended the extension of the mandate of the UN’s Mission des Nations Unies en Republique Centrafricaine (MINURCA) within its existing structure and overall strength. A UN spokesman said yesterday in New York that Annan has also proposed the creation of a UN team to assist in the restructuring of the armed forces. The mission would be terminated shortly after the announcement of the results of the presidential elections, scheduled to be held by autumn 1999, the spokesman said. MINURCA’s current mandate expires at the end of February.

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