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MINURCA mandate extended

The UN Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA) until 15 November and authorised it to play a supportive role in presidential elections expected to be completed by the end of October.

A UN press release said the Council unanimously adopted the resolution, which also authorised MINURCA to supervise the destruction of confiscated weapons and ammunition. The resolution called upon the government to establish a new electoral commission as soon as possible to organise the presidential polls. The Council also decided to review MINURCA’s mandate every 45 days.

Troop-contributing countries to the 1,350-strong force in 1998 included Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Gabon, Mali, Senegal and Togo.

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