Brazil is ready to send at least 750 peacekeepers to join a United Nations force patrolling the Central African Republic.

“The timing is not precise, but we think our troops will go to Central Africa by March or April”, said General Ajax Porto Pinheiro (photo), who headed Brazil’s former UN mission in Haiti.

The request made by the UN needs Congressional approval.

In 2004, Brazil’s Senate agreed to send 1,200 troops to Haiti to lead a U.N peacekeeping mission. The troops stayed in the country for 13 years and were withdrawn this year.