Rwanda could deploy peacekeepers in Central African Republic in January
The African Union is in the final process of negotiating with Rwanda to have Rwandan peace keeping forces deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR) by January 2014, the AU spokesman, Eloi Yao has revealed.
Yao said that the African Union plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rwanda this week that will enable the Rwanda to send troops to help with efforts to stabilize the Central African Republic.
“This week, we will have the MOU between the African Union and Rwanda finalized, and hopefully by mid-January, Rwanda can deploy troops to contribute to MISCA, the [AU] mission to Central African Republic,” Yao said.
Rwanda’s participation in Peace Support Operations is mainly motivated by the need to take its international responsibility as an active member of the international community.
Rwanda Government has so far participated in different initiatives designed to bring about peaceful settlement of disputes and resolution of conflicts.
So far Rwanda has deployed (army and police) peacekeeping forces in Darfur, Southern Sudan, Haiti and Central African Republic is one of the recent areas that the local media has asked President Paul Kagame whether Rwanda would intervene.
In his earlier remarks on this issue, Kagame told journalists that Rwanda was willing to participate in peace building activities on the continent and beyond, but there were still some constraints of capacity and finance regularities that have to be streamlined.
Rwanda has earned a reputation in peacekeeping operations and the United Nations has hailed Rwanda’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur and expressed gratitude for the high level commitment the country has exhibited in peacekeeping.
The Deputy UN Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro, expressed gratitude for the commitment and professionalism Rwanda has exhibited in its peacekeeping mission in the war torn Darfur region in Sudan.