Prague - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today asked Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to send Czech troops to a planned U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, Ban told journalists today.
Generální tajemník OSN Pan Ki-mun (vlevo) a premiér Bohuslav Sobotka vystoupili 4. dubna po setkání na Úřadu vlády v Praze na společné tiskové konferenci. ČTK Šulová Kateřina
Sobotka said he ordered the Defence Ministry to consider the request.
Ban told CTK that he appreciated the Czech offer to take part in the U.N. peacekeeping operation in Mali and that he asked Sobotka to consider sending Czech soldiers to the Central African Republic.
Ban said the situation in this African country is very bad and participation in the peacekeeping operation is more urgent than in the mission in the Golan Heights, to which the Czech Republic has offered to contribute its troops.
He said up to 12,000 soldiers and police officers might take part in the U.N. mission in the Central African Republic.
Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky promised to immediately discuss the Czech involvement in the mission with the Foreign Ministry and the General Staff, his ministry said.
"This situation is new for us and we need to carefully assess it in the next days," Stropnicky said in a written statement.
Ban showed interest especially in sending a field hospital and providing transport aircraft.