Central African Republic
The President convened a meeting of the Select Defence Council on 14 February 2014.
The Council recalled the objectives of the Sangaris military operation: to contribute with the African force, MISCA [AFISM-CAR], to halting the massacres, preventing war crimes and re-establish the safety of the people. All the enemies of peace will be fought. There will be no impunity for those who have committed crimes.
The Council took into consideration the call by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a mobilization by the international community, as well as the European Union’s decision to embark on a military operation in the Central African Republic.
The President decided to respond to this by temporarily increasing to 2,000 the number of French military personnel deployed in the Central African Republic. This additional effort of 400 troops includes the prior deployment of combat forces and French gendarmes, who will then take part in the EU military operation as soon as it is deployed.
France calls for increased solidarity from the international community towards the Central African Republic. It asks the United Nations Security Council to speed up the deployment of a peacekeeping operation. It calls on the EU to speed up the deployment of the EUFOR mission, including the European Gendarmerie Force. It welcomes the mobilization of the African participants in MISCA and would like the African mission to be given greater support, to enable it to be more mobile.
France also calls on the international community to act in the face of the humanitarian emergency in the CAR. It is an urgent duty of solidarity./.