Q - The situation in the Central African Republic is steadily deteriorating, with MINUSCA having problems and a government struggling to assert its authority. What does France propose to end the deadlock?
A - As we have said repeatedly in recent weeks, France is carefully monitoring the situation in the Central African Republic, in close cooperation with its African, European, and international partners.
France reiterates its support for President Touadéra and the Central African authorities, and calls on all of CAR’s partners to actively stand by them. We encourage all Central African actors to act in a spirit of unity and national reconciliation.
France strongly condemns the violence carried out by armed groups and calls for an immediate ceasefire and the swift implementation of the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation process.
France applauds the efforts of MINUSCA, which is paying a heavy toll to protect civilian populations in the Central African Republic. It encourages the mission to continue robustly carrying out its mandate. France wants to see MINUSCA strengthened, and to that end has just deployed a seven-drone unit within the mission.
Working closely with other donors, France is also helping – bilaterally and on a European basis –with development aid, providing assistance for the Central African administration’s capacity-building efforts, and supplying services to local populations, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare.
We are also in favor of strengthening the Central African Army with the support of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM), to which we actively contribute.
France also supports CAR’s demands concerning the fight against impunity, and is in favor of establishing a special criminal court in CAR. To that end, we are making a French judge available and providing judicial training.