The UN Security Council is set to open the door to an easing of the arms embargo on the Central African Republic five years after the country stood on the verge of genocide.

The government in Bangui has repeatedly called for the restrictions to be lifted to allow arms supplies to shore up its security forces fighting armed groups that control much of the strife-scarred country.

On Thursday, the Council will vote on a French-drafted resolution that calls for a review of the arms embargo by September if the government meets benchmarks in managing weapons, disarming armed groups and reforming its security sector, according to the text seen by AFP news agency on Wednesday.

Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports.

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