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Burundi troops end their peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic

Burundi troops end their peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic

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Burundian authorities have announced they have ended their peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

The authorities have already withdrawn more than 100 police officers deployed in the Central African nation.

The Burundian police spokesman said that they have fulfilled their mission to the CAR.

Only 10 police officers will remain in the country to guard heavy equipment.

Another group of 280 policemen are expected to travel back to Bujumbura on Tuesday evening.

Last month, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of its peacekeeping operations in the country until November.

The council decided to keep an authorized troop ceiling of 10,750 military personnel intact to provide time for the mission to assess the post-transition process in the country.

The 15 member body also called on the authorities to implement a genuine and inclusive reconciliation.

In June, the UN announced that it was ending the involvement of police units from Burundi in the CAR because of serious and ongoing human rights violations.

Burundi had hundreds of police officers deployed with the UN mission in the capital, Bangui.

In 2013, CAR plunged into deeper violence when rebels ousted former president Francois Bozize.

Violence between Muslim rebels and a Christian militia group has led to the deaths of thousands and displacement of nearly one million people.

Press Agencies