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With Bangui Threatened by Rebels, UNSC Looks into Chad, Waits for 2013?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 19, updated -- As rebels advance on the capital of the Central African Republic, the UN Security Council has belated scheduled a briefing for past 6 pm on Wednesday.

CAR is yet another step-child of the UN. It has a Department of Political Affairs mission, long shot through with nepotism, a Peacebuildling configuration which even a visiting Permanent Representative told Inner City Press is little known and ineffectual in the country -- and all for what?

Now as the rebels advance, it is Chad which has reacted, with 2000 troops as a "firewall." But what would President Bozize, if he remains President, owe to Chad's Deby?

One Security Council member told Inner City Press one of the purposes of Wednesday's briefing is to find out what arrangement Bozize and Deby have.

The degree to which CAR is an afterthought is reflected by a plan to deal with this insurgency as part of the renewal of the UN Mission mandate -- in January. Who will be in charge of Bangui then? Watch this site.

Update: the UN's Taye Brook Zerihoun, on his way into the Security Council while an Afghanistan meeting was still going, was asked what the UN thinks should be done on CAR. He paused, but did not answer.

 An observer mused perhaps his mind was already on the DPA holiday party. There were only two other journalists at the Security Council - the rest heading to celebrate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Watch this site.

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