French President Francois Hollande has informed the interim leader the Central African Republic that an EU peacekeeping force is now ready to be deployed in her troubled country.
President Catherine Samba-Panza welcomed the news although expressed her frustration over obstacles which had delayed the mission.
“We have received many pledges and…we have confidence in the commitments made by our partners, but it’s just that there were procedures which had to be followed We’re simply asking the international community – given the fragile situation in Central African Republic – to lighten these rules and not to treat the Republic’s problems as if it were a normal country, but as a country in crisis,” Samba-Panza said after talks with Hollande in Paris.
The EU force of 1,000 soldiers will bolster the 6,000 African and 2,000 French troops already there.
So far foreign intervention has failed to stop the conflict which erupted after Muslim Seleka rebels seized power a year ago leaving thousands dead in the majority Christian state.