France urges UN action on CAR
28 August 2013, 11:13
Paris - French President Francois Hollande called on the UN
Security Council and the African Union on Tuesday to stabilise the situation in
the Central African Republic, warning it was at risk of going the way of
The country's newly sworn-in rebel leader Michel Djotodia is
struggling to control the impoverished but mineral-rich nation, which has
witnessed a string of violent power changes since independence from France in
At least 10 people were killed this month in clashes across
the capital between supporters of its former president and the fighters who
ousted him and seized power five months ago, officials in Bangui said at the
"It's more than time to take action on the Central
African Republic," Hollande told an annual meeting in Paris of dozens of
French ambassadors posted around the world.
"This county is on the verge of Somalisation," he
added. "I call on the African Union and the Security Council to take up
this very grave situation."
Somalia was plunged into two decades civil war and
lawlessness after the overthrow of president Siad Barre in 1991.
Senior UN officials warned this month that Central African
Republic was on the brink of collapse and the crisis was threatening to spread
beyond its borders, calling for the Security Council to fund and support an
African Union peacekeeping force.
A French diplomatic source said Paris was prepared if needed
to send more troops to the country, where it already maintains a small force at