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Central African Republic (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - December 23, 2013)

Q : Chadian troops fired on anti-Djotodia demonstrators and killed one of them. What’s your response? Does the Chadian contingent have a role to play in MISCA [AFISM-CAR] in the Central African Republic? Do you still trust Idriss Déby?

A : France extends its condolences to the victims’ families. It hopes that light will be shed on the conditions governing the use of force against demonstrators.

France reaffirms its wholehearted support for MISCA, the African Union force made up of contingents from Central Africa, which it knows is committed to fulfilling its mandate to protect the civilian populations, with the support of the French force, Sangaris.

We again salute the determination of the heads of state and government of ECCAS to work, in coordination with the African Union, toward the stabilization of the Central African Republic. President Idriss Déby of Chad, in his capacity as current chairman of ECCAS, has played a key role in defining the framework for the political transition in the Central African Republic. He is a key partner and France has full confidence in him.



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