C.A.R. Crisis

French Defence Chief In Congo Over Central African Republic Crisis

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Jean Le-Drian, French Defence Minister has appealed for closer cooperation between the French forces and African troops operating under the auspices of the International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA).

Le-Drian, who made the call on Friday after meeting with the Republic of Congo’s President Denis Sassou N’Guesso in Brazzaville, said that the cooperation had become necessary to enable the forces achieve good results on time.

The minister said that the issue of disarmament of all warring parties, deployment of MISCA everywhere and revival of the political process of resolving the crisis were discussed during the meeting.

Xinhua reports that France and the Republic of Congo are among the key contributors to the process to implement the UN resolution on Central African Republic.

France has deployed 1,600 soldiers while the Republic of Congo has close to 1,000 soldiers.

Le -Drian said that France was determined to ensure that the UN resolution was implemented in its entirety.

The French defence chief arrived in Brazzaville on Thursday, as part of his African tour involving also Mali, Niger, Chad, Gabon and Central African Republic. (Xinhua/NAN)

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