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European Commission - Press release

Central African Republic: European Union strengthens its peace mission

Brussels, 28 February 2012 – The EU has today renewed its support to help the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in Central Africa (MICOPAX) monitor the country effectively, in particular the unstable areas of Paoua, Kaga-Bandoro and N'délé. MICOPAX has been deployed in these areas and contributing to the dialogue between the former rebel movements and the Central African authorities since 2008.

Among other things this new support package will make it possible to keep civilian staff in the field, to provide food, transport and fuel, and to organise training courses for the police.

MICOPAX, staffed by 400 soldiers and 150 police officers, plays a key role in the protection of civilians and the continuation of the political dialogue between all the key stakeholders in the country (authorities, democratic opposition, civil society and the ruling majority). MICOPAX also supports disarmament, demobilisation and the reintegration of former combatants.

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said: ‘The situation in the Central African Republic is particularly fragile and warrants continuing attention from the international community. By supporting the peace force, the EU is helping its African partners to guarantee the stabilisation. without which there can be no development in the CAR.’

The fresh financial support from the EU amounts to more than €14 million. The European Union has spent 101.7 million on peace consolidation missions in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2004, the overall objective being to establish lasting peace and security in the CAR. Since 1 January 2009 MICOPAX’s mandate has included internal security. Its mission is to help consolidate the climate of peace and security, to assist with the respect of human rights and to facilitate access to humanitarian aid.

The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has been responsible for the Mission for the Consolidation of Peace in Central Africa (MICOPAX) since 12 July 2008. MICOPAX follows on from the FOMUC operation, which was launched on 25 October 2002 by a decision of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC).

For more information

Website of EuropeAid Development and Cooperation DG:

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/peace-facility

http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/

Website of the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/piebalgs/index_en.htm

Contacts :

Catherine Ray (+32 2 296 99 21)

Wojtek Talko (+32 2 297 85 51)


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