Voice of America (Washington, DC)

16 December 2013

Central African Republic: France Seeks More Help for CAR

Photo: Marcus Bleasdale/VII for Human Rights Watch
The Imam Ishmail Nafi at the displaced persons camp in the Ecole Liberte in Bossangoa praying for those killed the previous day during the anti-balaka attack on the town. Eleven people were killed outside his house while seeking safety from the attackers.

France is seeking more help from European nations for its effort to restore security in the Central African Republic.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he will ask his European Union counterparts for more aid at a meeting Monday in Brussels.

He said in a radio interview Sunday that increased assistance could include other nations providing troops to the Central African Republic. France has deployed 1,600 troops there as part of a United Nations-mandated effort to restore security and protect civilians.

Fabius said several countries are providing logistical help, including Britain, Germany, Spain, Poland and Belgium.

The Central African Republic descended into chaos after the rebel, mostly Muslim, Seleka movement toppled the president in March.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week that the violence has taken the country to "the brink of ruin."

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