Rwanda will send the military peacekeepers to the Central African Republic in order to help bring peace to the nation, which is currently insecure.
The announcement was made by Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo on December 20, 2013.
The move comes after African Union (AU) asked Rwanda to deploy its troops—Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) in order to jointly restore peace in CAR.
She did not give details of how many troops Rwanda would contribute, but said they would leave for Bangui next year.
“No date of deployment is fixed yet but we expecting to send the troops in 2014,” she said.
The AU force in CAR is due to be 6,000 strong at full strength, working alongside some 1,600 French troops.
“The army will announce troop numbers at the right time,” said Rwanda’s Military spokesman Joseph Nzabamwita.
Rwandan missions include the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti, Darfur, UN Mission in South Sudan (Unamid), the UN Mission in Liberia, UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, UN Integrated Peace-building Office in Guinea-Bissau and UN Interim Security Force in Abyei.
Rwanda’s main stake in peacekeeping lies with Unamid, with about 3,200 troops, 225 police, and seven military observers.
Currently, Rwanda is ranked sixth major contributor to the UN peacekeeping mission, with more than 4,000 troops, 400 Police officers, and 13 military observers in seven UN missions.