Central African Republic (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - April 16, 2013)
A summit under the aegis of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECOCAS), initially planned for 15 April, is due to be held this Thursday, 18 April, in Ndjamena, Chad, the country which currently holds the ECOCAS presidency. We offer our full support to this initiative, so that the conditions for overcoming the crisis and for a consensual transition may be defined. We are therefore awaiting the conclusions of this meeting.
As Chadian President Idriss Déby said, the purpose of the delay is to give the parties involved time to have the necessary discussions ahead of the summit.
We have already issued an appeal for a swift end to the looting and disorder and for the restoration of security. Sadly, according to our information, this is not yet the case, because acts of violence are now taking place in addition to the looting.
The French presence in the CAR enables us to guarantee the community’s safety. It is not set to change for the time being, although we have increased our vigilance in view of the rapid deterioration of the security situation on the ground.