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    The UN mission in CAR was established by the Security Council in April 2014 and took over peacekeeping duties on September 15. The country has been in crisis since early 2013 when Seleka rebels overthrew President Francois Bozize.

    MOSCOW, January 19 (Sputnik) — The Council of the European Union announced the launch of a training mission in Mali and the establishment of a military advisory mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday.

    "EUCAP Sahel Mali [EU training mission in Mali] will help the Malian state ensure constitutional and democratic order, put in place the conditions for lasting peace as well as maintain its authority throughout the entire territory. The mission advises and trains the three internal security forces in Mali, i.e. the police, Gendarmerie and Garde Nationale, and coordinates with international partners," the press release of the EU Council read.

     

    On the second anniversary of the Central African Republic’s rebellion which led to a bloody conflict, peace remains fragile in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a statement
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    The EU mission in Mali was established in April 2014 and is expected to last until January 15, 2017.

    Meanwhile, the EU Military Advisory Mission in the Central African Republic (EUMAM RCA) will be established for a year.

    "It sets out to support the Central African authorities in preparing a reform of the security sector, especially with respect to the management of the CAR armed forces (FACA). The new mission will follow the EU military operation in the CAR (EUFOR RCA), which contributes to security in the capital Bangui until 15 March 2015," another press release informed Monday.

    The first year's budget of the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission is estimated at about €11.4 million [$13.2 million], while a total of €7.9 million [$9.2 million] has been allocated for the advisory mission in the Central African Republic.

    The announcement was made two days after a UN peacekeeper was shot dead in a joint French-UN camp in Mali. Since January 2013, French and African troops have been deployed in Mali to fight al-Qaeda-linked groups in the country.

    CAR has been in a deep crisis since early 2013 when the primarily Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president, Francois Bozize. A mainly Christian militia, known as the "Anti-Balaka' began fighting the Seleka, while targeting Muslims in revenge attacks.

    UN's mission in CAR was established by the Security Council in April 2014 and took over peacekeeping duties on September 15.

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