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Central African Republic

Publié le October 10, 2013
Reply given by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to a question in the National Assembly
Paris, October 9, 2013

A few days ago the French President, in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, issued a call of alarm for the Central African Republic.

The Central African Republic is a small country but all kinds of difficulties and problems are mounting up there.

First of all there’s a large-scale security problem, because out of five million inhabitants, 400,000 people have already been displaced. There are acts of violence, rapes, murders.

There’s a problem of political transition because the current leaders, Michel Djotodia and his Prime Minister, are in place only provisionally before the elections.

There’s a humanitarian problem on the largest scale. You have to realize, ladies and gentlemen deputies, that for five million inhabitants there are a total of seven surgeons for everyone. This means that the international community, the African Union, the neighbouring countries and France must be spurred into action to stabilize the situation.

Tomorrow, at France’s proposal, the first resolution that will enable progress will be voted on at the United Nations. A second resolution will be voted on afterwards, before December, which will enable more forces to be mobilized through MISCA [African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic], with support from the French. Other measures will be taken.

During the coming months, you’ll hear me talking a lot about the Central African Republic. I myself will be in the Central African Republic on Sunday, in particular to provide my support to the French population. I’ve asked the relevant European commissioner to accompany me.

France is determined not to abandon the Central African Republic./.

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