Peru ready to send peacekeepers to Central African Republic

10:50 | Lima, Jan. 17.

Defense Minister Walter Martos will preside over a send-off ceremony on Friday for the V Contingent of Peru Engineering Company —known as Blue Helmets— whose members will depart on a peace mission to the Central African Republic (CAR).

The delegation is made up of 205 members from the Army, including 25 women, the largest number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations in the history of Peru.

The farewell ceremony will feature Head of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces Cesar Astudillo, as well as senior Army, Navy, and Air Force officers.


Concerned with the security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in the Central African Republic and its regional implications, the Security Council authorized on 10 April 2014 deployment of a multidimensional United Nations peacekeeping operation – MINUSCA – with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority. 

Its other initial tasks included support for the transition process; facilitating humanitarian assistance; promotion and protection of human rights; support for justice and the rule of law; and disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, and repatriation processes.


Published: 1/17/2020
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