France welcomes adoption of UN resolution on CAR

Central African Republic/adoption of United Nations Resolution 2149 – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 10 April 2014

The French President welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 2149 on the Central African Republic.

This decision shows the international community’s determination to protect the people under threat, give them access to humanitarian aid and support the restoration of the state’s authority throughout the Central African Republic.

The resolution will enable a peacekeeping operation to be deployed from 15 September onwards; its priorities will be to end the violence, fight impunity and support the transition process that will have to lead to reconciliation between Central Africans and the return of displaced people and refugees.

The President pays tribute to the soldiers of the French and European forces being deployed alongside the African continent’s forces and protecting civilians against militias ans armed groups.

In line with the mandate which the United Nations resolution gives them, the French forces will continue their support for the African MISCA contingents and then for the United Nations peacekeeping operation./.

Central African Republic/adoption of United Nations Resolution 2149 – Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 10 April 2014

I greatly welcome this very important decision, the unanimous adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2149, which authorizes the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic: MINUSCA. It is a success for peace and diplomacy. It supports the efforts of the transitional authorities to restore security and stability in the CAR.

MINUSCA should have up to 12,000 troops and will be able to draw on the support of the French and European contingents engaged alongside the African forces. It will also be tasked with supporting the process of national reconciliation, preparing elections between now and February 2015 and coming to the aid of the people.

France would like MINUSCA to be swiftly deployed on the ground./.

Central African Republic – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 8 April 2014

The President had a meeting at the Elysée Palace on 8 April 2014 with his Gabonese counterpart, Mr Ali Bongo Ondimba.

They talked about the crisis in the Central African Republic and welcomed the smooth cooperation between the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) [AFISM-CAR] and the French Sangaris force. The country’s humanitarian and security situation nevertheless remains worrying. The two heads of state signalled their intention to maintain their effort to protect civilians threatened by armed militias and called for their disarmament and for reconciliation. France and Gabon will continue their support for the Central African state in order to help restore it and re-establish it throughout the country’s regions.

At the level of bilateral relations, President Hollande confirmed France’s desire to develop exchanges with Gabon, in a spirit of transparency and reciprocity./.

Published on 18/02/2016

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