Crime Central African Republic: military support from Ceeac countries is long overdue

14:00  13 january  2021
14:00  13 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Central African Armed Forces (French: Forces armées centrafricaines (FACA)) are the armed forces of the Central African Republic and have been barely functional since the outbreak of the civil war in 2012.

European Union Force RCA, commonly referred as EUFOR RCA, is the United Nations-mandated European Union peacekeeping mission in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic .

Un membre des FACA (forces armées centrafricaines) lors d'un entrainement au tir en 2019 à Bouar (Image d'illustration). © AFP / FLORENT VERGNES A member of the FACA (Central African armed forces) during shooting training in 2019 in Bouar (Illustration image).

At the end of December, on the eve of the presidential election, the Heads of State of the Community of Central African States (ECCAS) pleaded for the countries which can send troops to the Central African Republic to support the Central African armed forces and its allies. Two and a half weeks later, things are moving slowly.

Several countries in the sub-region have been asked for reinforcements, Angola in particular. Luanda has been asked to send troops to the Central African Republic. His response is still awaited. Discussions are also underway with the DRC, but, according to our information, only for possible logistical support.

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An internal conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) started essentially on 13 April 2013, when the government of President Michel Djotodia officially took over. The fighting was between the government of the Central African Republic 's former Séléka coalition of rebel groups

The Military ranks of Central African Republic are the military insignia used by the Central African Armed Forces. Being a former colony of France, Central African Republic shares a rank structure similar to that of France.

“Our needs are changing”

“Things are moving slowly,” admits an African diplomat. In particular, because the Central African armed forces are not "precise" enough on the state of their needs and on the role of each, he explains. While several UN, Russian and Rwandan actors are already present on the military ground.

"Our needs are changing, because the rebels' strategy is changing and we have to adapt," replied a source to the Central African presidency. In December, ECCAS also announced that it would appoint a "permanent mediator" in Bangui. But again, the equation seems complex to identify a personality accepted by all. According to our information, it should be chosen outside the 6 countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). And discussions continue.

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