For the first time, Kazakh peacekeepers have completed their deployment in the Central African Republic (CAR), a mission they undertook in the summer of 2022 as part of the United Nations peacekeeping effort.
Two Kazakh military officers engaged in the UN peacekeeping mission in the CAR have successfully concluded their term, with their duties handed over to their counterparts, according to a report from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan as reported by Sarbaz.kz.
In 2022, the Kazakh Parliament made the decision to expand the participation of the Armed Forces of the country in United Nations peacekeeping missions. Consequently, two military personnel were dispatched to the Central African Republic.
Over a 12-month period, they served as staff officers within the multi-dimensional integrated stabilization mission of the United Nations in the CAR, contributing to the analysis and assessment of the domestic situation in the country and playing their part in the preservation of peace and security.
These newly rotated officers will continue to execute tasks in accordance with the guiding principles of the mission.
It is worth noting that the Central African Republic, situated at the heart of Africa and lacking access to the sea, stands as one of the world's least populous and most impoverished nations. Since 2012, the country has been grappling with civil unrest, prompting the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces to the region.