UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested, in a phone conversation with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for Turkish troops to be deployed as part of the European Union’s force to help stop inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Ban called Erdoğan on Monday evening to discuss the latest developments in the African country, which has suffered a long and bloody conflict between local Christians and Muslims. The conflict began in March when Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the majority Christian country.

They have since been forced out of power, opening the way for brutal reprisals by Christian militia against the Muslim minority. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, according to Human Rights Watch, in violence that 2,000 French and 6,000 African Union peacekeepers have been unable to stop.