9 January 2013

Central African Republic: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Central African Republic


Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: Can we go back to Africa, Central African Republic?

MS. NULAND: You may.

QUESTION: What is your view on the ongoing talks between the rebellion and the government in Libreville? And do you have any plan to reopen your Embassy in Bangui?

MS. NULAND: We have not made any decisions with regard to our - the reopening of the Embassy. We will continue to evaluate the security situation going forward. My understanding is these talks have just begun in Libreville. We talked a little bit about the goals that we had for them going forward, first and foremost a commitment on both sides to a cessation of hostilities, full participation - that means the government, the rebel alliance, the political opposition, civil society, with the goal of a comprehensive political resolution consistent with the Central African Republic's constitution, leading to a full implementation of the 2008 agreements and a commitment by all parties to protect the safety and security of the civilian population. So as they've just started, I don't really have any sort of sense yet how they're moving forward, but we'll give you more as we evaluate the progress.

QUESTION: The rebels have actually called for the President, Francois Bozize, to be prosecuted by the ICC for war crimes. Would that be something that the United States would support or at this stage is a little bit too extreme?

MS. NULAND: There were - there have been lots of contradictory statements by various different rebel factions, including some that withdrew those claims. What we want to see is everybody at the table in Libreville working through these things.

QUESTION: Okay, so you're not taking a position --

MS. NULAND: Well, we obviously --

QUESTION: You're not a member - I'm just waiting to hear the line - you're not a member of the - you didn't sign the treaty. Or you signed it but it was then unsigned --

MS. NULAND: Of the 2008 Treaty of --

QUESTION: The Treaty of Rome.

MS. NULAND: Of Rome. Yeah.

QUESTION: You are not a member of the ICC.

MS. NULAND: Well, that is certainly true.

QUESTION: You have no link to it.

MS. NULAND: Well, we certainly don't, and we certainly have supported the constitutional position of the President.


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