UN Council mulls force for C. African Republic



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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief has told the Security Council that there is a "total breakdown of the state" in Central African Republic, where sectarian killing between Muslims and Christians occurs daily.

The council received a briefing from Valerie Amos as its members consider whether to approve the deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping mission to the country.

Amos told the Security Council on Thursday that "state institutions that were weak have now totally collapsed" and the country depends on international aid.

Central African Republic has been chaotic since a March 2013 coup, and the violence has been splitting the country into Muslim and Christian areas.

The Security Council is considering a recommendation from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission.

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