Central African Republic – Visit by Laurent Fabius (October 13, 2013)
October 13, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Bangui in order to signal France’s attachment to a swift improvement in the security situation and the living conditions of the people of the Central African Republic.
We are mobilized in support of the Central African Republic, at the bilateral level as well as in the international forums, as reflected by the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council on October 10 of resolution 2121, which we proposed in accordance with the Libreville Agreement and the N’Djamena Declaration. We especially support the establishment of the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (AFISM-CAR) under the auspices of the African Union, with the support of the Economic Community of Central African States, as well as the efforts of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) in the field of civil matters (political process, human rights and humanitarian access).
Laurent Fabius reaffirmed to the transitional authorities the importance of completing the political process which should result in free and transparent elections in February 2015. The minister of foreign affairs stressed that the authorities would be responsible for ensuring the protection of the civilian populations and the fight against impunity.
Together with Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner responsible for humanitarian assistance, Laurent Fabius also paid tribute to the work of the humanitarian organizations and civil society. He also had exchanges with the leaders of the major faiths, whose efforts to ease sectarian tensions he praised.
Lastly, Laurent Fabius met with the French community, to whom he reaffirmed our solidarity.