Britain's Defense Ministry says it's discussing offering logistical support to France for its military effort in the Central African Republic.

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday authorized increased military action by France and African troops to try to end near-anarchy in the impoverished country.

The authorization is expected to lead to an increase in troops for an African Union-led force and French troops.

The U.K. defense ministry said it's in discussions with France about providing "limited logistical support" but that sending U.K. combat troops "is not on the table."

Central African Republic has seen an upsurge in Muslim-Christian violence along with widespread killings, torture and rapes.

French officials have warned that the former colony is on the verge of genocide.