France Demands Prosecution of CAR Murderers

France has called for security to be made top priority in the Central African Republic (CAR) and asked the transition authorities to ensure that murderers of civilians are prosecuted.

The deputy spokesperson for the French foreign affairs ministry, Vincent Floreani, told a press conference in Paris that his country fully backed the international mission supporting Central African Republic (MISCA) in its efforts to protect the civilian population.

“France hails also the initiatives taken by the Economic Community of Central African States and the African Union to find a sustainable solution to the Central African Republic problem. Together with our African partners, we are working with the members of the UN Security Council on a project to back the action taken by the African Union and that of MISCA,’ said Mr Floreani.

Months after taking power in Bangui, the rebel coalition Seleka is finding it difficult to keep security in the CAR capital and the various main cities as it faces the actions of the uncontrolled armed groups.

The African Union decided to help the country overcome the problem with the dispatch of a contingent of 3,500 men, as the UN Security Council on 14 August called on the international community to get more involved in the resolution of the crisis.