EU Mobilizes Troops for 'Crisis of Epic Proportions'

Up to 1000 military troops will head to the crisis-stricken Central African Republic, European Union foreign ministers decided Monday.

The troops will join French and African troops already on the ground.

Which EU member states will be sending troops as part of that mission is not certain as of yet, though Ireland, Britain, Germany and Italy have already said they will not be contributing troops.

In a statement to the special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that CAR was experiencing “a crisis of epic proportions which requires immediate and concerted action.”

The Guardian offers this background:

In December alone, roughly 1,000 people were killed, and horrific violence is ongoing, with women and children among the victims.