Friday, December 6, 2013

MOROCCO TO BANGUI

Morocco to send forces to Central African Republic amid violence


English.news.cn   2013-12-07 06:06:53            
RABAT, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Morocco decided Friday to send forces to Central African Republic (CAR) following the UN Security Council's authorization of an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force in the violence-hit country.
In a press release, the Moroccan foreign ministry called for internationally-supported emergency measures to prevent further deterioration of the security situation in the CAR.
It also welcomed the UN Security Council's approval of 12-month mandate of international forces in the CAR as a new decisive step to help settle its crisis.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council unanimously authorized the African military force MISCA to protect civilians and provide security in the violence-ridden nation. The measure also allows participation of troops from France.
The UN resolution was adopted amid reports of heavy gunfire in the CAR capital of Bangui, which has claimed at least 100 lives.

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SITREP001: France has launched its second major intervention in Africa within a year, deploying more than 1,000 troops and armoured vehicles to the Central African Republic in an attempt to prevent nightmarish scenes of slaughter from spiralling further out of control.

SITREP002:  Britain is helping the French troops with military transport, William Hague, the foreign secretary, announced. A C17 transport aircraft left RAF Brize Norton on Friday for Istres, near Marseille, in France, where it picked up equipment and then flew on to Bangui. It has a crew of about eight. Two more flights will take place later this month.

SITREP003:  The French reinforcements drew thousands of locals to the airport on Friday desperate for protection from the marauding militias running rampant in Bangui. The violence has been blamed both on Muslim rebels who toppled the president in March and Christian militias mounting revenge attacks.

SITREP004:  French forces are operating in seven African countries: Mali, the CAR, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Chad and Djibouti.


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As the French soldiers entered the capital, Mr Hollande told African leaders that the continent must “ensure its own security”.
“A new era is opening,” he said. “Africa must take its destiny fully in hand and to do so must take care of its security itself.” France’s military involvement in two former colonies this year — the Central African Republic and Mali - has raised questions over whether it is returning to the interventionist days of Françafrique — as France’s opaque dealings in its former African colonies are known.
Given France’s involvement in the Central African Republic, Mr Hollande, said, the call might sound “surprising”, but he insisted: “Times have changed.
“Relations can no longer be what they were in the past,” said the president, speaking from the gilded palace where some of his predecessors once plotted the fate of leaders in France’s African “pré carré” — or backyard.
Calling for a new military partnership between Africa and France in “consulting, training, equipment and intelligence”, Mr Hollande said: “France is ready to lend its full support to this force”, while insisting that only a “holistic” approach to security and economic development would succeed.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa’s foreign minister said that Mr Hollande’s call would have been welcomed by the late Mr Mandela.
“Africa is not free until it is totally free from insecurity, from wars, from underdevelopment, from poverty and inequality.
“This is the befitting tribute to Madiba, to... continue on this journey of discussing how we should continue working together to find African solutions to African problems.”
The Central African Republic has descended into chaos since rebel fighters known as Seleka overthrew the government in March and installed their own chief, Michel Djotodia, as president - the first Muslim leader of the majority Christian country.
The death toll has risen drastically in recent days with many people clubbed or hacked to death ahead of a UN Security Council vote authorising African and French troops to use force to keep the peace.
On Thursday, at least 140 civilians were reported to have been killed in sectarian retaliatory attacks on both sides.
With hundreds of locals seeking refuge from violence in the heavily guarded airport compound, French forces opened fire when rebels bore down on them.
“An armed pick-up opened fire three times in the direction of civilians and French troops. After the third time, we retaliated and destroyed the vehicle,” a spokesman for the French general staff said.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the goal of the French military mission in the Central African Republic was to provide “a minimum of security to allow for a humanitarian intervention to be put in place”.
But reports from the capital yesterday said while the main axes were secure, violence continued elsewhere.
The Archbishop of Bangui said 39 people were killed overnight and on Friday. Meanwhile, clashes also continued in Bossangoa, to the north, where at least 30 people had been killed, according to an aid worker.


















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