Dec. 5 - The U.N. Security Council authorized French and African troops in Central African Republic to use force to protect civilians, the same day scores of people were killed in violence. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The U.N. Security Council has authorized French and African troops in Central African Republic to use force to protect civilians. …on the same day rival militia clashed in the capital of Bangui. Central African Republic Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye: (SOUNDBITE) (French) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC PRIME MINISTER NICOLAS TIANGAYE SAYING: "The situation has got a lot worse since this morning with the fighting that has taken place in Bangui. The initial death toll at this point is of several dozen and we have several hundred people wounded. And it's a worrying situation, and everything will need to be done so the situation is brought under control as quickly as possible." The Security Council also imposed an arms embargo on the country and asked the U.N. to prepare for a possible peacekeeping mission. French President Francois Hollande says it is their duty to help out. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE SAYING: "Given the urgency, I have decided to act immediately, in order words, this evening, in co-ordination with the Africans and with the support of our European partners. 600 soldiers are already on site, this number will be doubled in the next few days or even the next few hours." U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, says the resolution marks an important moment in the Council's response to the crisis overseas. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAMANTHA POWER, SAYING: "It reflects our shared belief that immediate action is required to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in the Central African Republic." Senior U.N. officials have warned that Central African Republic is at risk of spiraling into genocide.