A statement by Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department:
The United States welcomes the official transition from the Peace and Consolidation Mission in the Central African Republic (MICOPAX) to the African Union-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA).
MISCA, with the support of French troops, offers the most immediate and effective mechanism to prevent atrocities and restore security in the Central African Republic (CAR).
We commend the troop contributing countries of the Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea, for their efforts under MICOPAX and, with the addition of Burundi, for their renewed commitment under MISCA to provide security and hope to the people of CAR.
The United States remains deeply concerned about the horrific violence committed by armed groups against innocent civilians in CAR and strongly supported the UN Security Council’s authorization of a one-year Chapter VII mandate for MISCA. The United States is providing up to $100 million in assistance to MISCA for logistical support, non-lethal equipment, training, and planning support.
The visit by Ambassador Samantha Power and Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield to CAR underscores our commitment to working with regional and international partners to bring an end to violence and facilitate a political transition leading to credible elections as soon as possible, but no later than February 2015.