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Central African Republic (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - August 30, 2013)

Q : Does the French government envisage increasing its military presence in Bangui, i.e. strengthening or going beyond the framework of Operation Biali?
What is Paris’s attitude with respect to the Séléka, which is normally led by President Djotodia?

A : France fully supports the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) in its efforts to protect the civilian population. It also welcomes the initiatives of the Economic Community of Central African States and the AU to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the Central African Republic.

In cooperation with our African partners, we are working with the UN Security Council members on a draft resolution to support the action of the African Union and MISCA. We hope that this draft resolution can be presented in New York in the next few weeks.

With respect to the security situation, France has, since the start of the crisis, tirelessly argued that the restoration of security be given the highest priority. We call on the transitional authorities to do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators of abuse against the civilian population, including those who came from the ranks of the Séléka, are prosecuted.

With respect to the Boali detachment, whose main mission is to ensure the security of French nationals established in the country, please refer to the Ministry of Defense.



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