U.N. chief wants 3,000 more troops for Central African Republic

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Posted: Feb 20, 2014 3:30 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appealed to the international community to urgently send another 3,000 troops and police to Central African Republic to stop violence between Christians and Muslims that threatens to spiral in genocide.

"The security requirements far exceed the capability of the international troops now deployed," Ban told the U.N. Security Council. A further 3,000 troops and police would increase the international force to some 12,000.

The European Union is already due to deploy 1,000 troops to join 6,000 African Union peacekeepers and almost 2,000 French soldiers, who have struggled to stop the fighting sparked when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group seized power a year ago in the majority Christian state.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by James Dalgleish)