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CAR – South Sudan

Published on December 20, 2013
Press briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman (excerpts)

Paris, December 19, 2013

CAR – Visit by M. Pascal Canfin to Brussels (18 December 2013)

M. Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, went to Brussels yesterday at the invitation of Ms Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for humanitarian action, for a meeting on the humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic. M. Canfin talked, among others, to Ms Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, and Mr António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

On France’s initiative, the European Union mobilized and decided to deploy €20 million of humanitarian aid.

In 2013, France allocated €3.6 million of humanitarian aid to the CAR, in particular for food aid and emergency aid programmes (medical aid, caring for children in difficulty, water, hygiene and sanitation, and support for internally displaced people and refugees). In 2014, France will continue its efforts. €10 million is planned for financing projects aimed at boosting the local economy and getting public services up and running again. The Foreign Ministry will also support projects involving civil society and promoting national reconciliation.

CAR – Transfer of authority for MISCA [AFISM-CAR] to the African Union (19 December 2013)

France welcomes today’s transfer of authority for the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA [AFISM-CAR]) to the African Union. This transfer of authority is taking place in accordance with the decisions of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council.

France pays tribute to the decisive action of the Economic Community of Central African States and its members to re-establish security and the rule of law in the CAR. The French forces are providing support in order to ensure MISCA’s full deployment.

We welcome the African Union’s determination to continue the work started and we support all of its efforts to promote peace on the continent. (…)

South Sudan

Q. – The United States and the United Kingdom have started to evacuate their citizens from South Sudan. Is France planning to evacuate its 160 citizens? What is your assessment of the situation in the country? Are you afraid that the clashes could degenerate into civil war?

THE SPOKESMAN – We’re concerned about the continued fighting in Bor and in Jonglei State, following the violent clashes that took place in Juba from 15 to 17 December. According to the latest reports, these clashes have left 500 people dead and almost 800 injured in Juba, many of them civilians.

We call on the parties to cease hostilities immediately and to initiate dialogue as swiftly as possible in order to put an end to the violence.
France supports the diplomatic efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the regional organization that brings together the countries of the Horn of Africa.

With regard to our compatriots in the country (currently numbering around 60), we’ve advised them to take the available flights in order to temporarily leave South Sudan. Several flights will leave Juba today and tomorrow and should enable all French citizens who wish to do so to leave the capital. Our embassy is mobilized and is in permanent contact with our compatriots, who are being kept informed in real time about changes in the situation and the safety precautions to be observed./.

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