Central African Republic
You ask me about the situation in the Central African Republic. In that country, where we intervened at the international community’s request to prevent what really must be called a risk of genocide, everything depends on a triangle, which incidentally is the same as in Mali. Military/security action, democratic action and development action are needed all at once. Only if the three sides of the triangle exist can progress be made.
Regarding security, the situation is still very difficult, because there are constant clashes between the former Sélékas and the anti-balakas. The French soldiers, like the African soldiers, are doing an absolutely magnificent job. We’ve got the United Nations to send 12,000 troops in September. Between now and then, things are moving up a gear. The Europeans have joined us. I don’t want to conceal the difficulties that exist, but the work done is enabling us to make progress.
I’d like to conclude by paying tribute to the courage and skill our soldiers are showing, in the Central African Republic, Mali and all fields of operation. They’re a credit to France./.