The African Union Commission is pursuing its efforts towards the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (AFISM-CAR), a press statement AU posted on its website on Friday said.
In this context, a team of military and civilian experts from the Commission, and representatives of AU partners visited Libreville for three days for consultations with the General Secretariat of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on the modalities and calendar of the transition from the ECCAS Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in the CAR (MICOPAX) to AFISM-CAR.
Consultations will continue with the ECCAS Secretariat to quickly finalize this process.
Since 19 August 2013, another AU team, which also includes experts from the United Nations, the European Union (EU), the United States, France and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), is in Bangui, to assess the logistical and other resources needed by AFISM-CAR, in light of the situation on the ground and the capabilities already available at the level of MICOPAX.
The team is also working on the establishment of AFISM-CAR Mission Headquarters.
President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye reaffirmed to the technical committee their desire to see AFISM-CAR deployed urgently and pledged to extend full cooperation to the Mission.
Furthermore, the Commission is working with international partners to mobilize financial and logistical resources needed for the early deployment of AFISM-CAR and the effective conduct of its operations.
In this respect, the Commission welcomed the decision of the French to continue to support the troops currently serving under MICOPAX, as part of the transition to AFISM-CAR, and readiness of the EU to financially assist AFISM-CAR through the African Peace Facility.
Similarly, the Commission has engaged the MICOPAX troops and police contributing countries to determine the additional capacity needed to ensure the effective implementation of the AFISM-CAR mandate and to identify, on this basis, best means and ways of their mobilization.
The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on 19 July 2013 has authorized the deployment of AFISM-CAR for an initial period of six months.
The AFISM-CAR will have a total of 3,652 personnel, the nucleus of which will be constituted by the contingents currently serving in MICOPAX, which will be augmented as needed by other contingents.
The transition process from MICOPAX to AFISM-CAR has begun on 1 August 2013.