France to deploy 1000 troops to CAR
26 November 2013, 13:36
Paris - France's
defence minister said Tuesday that Paris would deploy about 1 000 soldiers to
Central African Republic for six months to support an African peacekeeping
will support this African mission with about 1 000 soldiers," Defence
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Europe 1 radio.
said French troops would act only "in support" of an African
stabilisation force in Central African Republic "for a short period, in
the range of about six months".
African Republic Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye said after talks in Paris on
Monday that Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had talked of adding 800 troops to
the 410 French soldiers already based in the capital, Bangui.
said "serious war crimes" are being committed in his country where
rebels forced President Francois Bozize to flee in March. A transitional
government has since lost control of the country of 4.5 million people.
Monday proposed a UN Security Council resolution authorising international
troops to use force to end mounting chaos in the country.
resolution, which would also impose an arms embargo on the strife-torn country,
could be passed by the 15-member Security Council next week.