General: CAR security better

2014-12-04 17:55
United Nations peacekeepers in the center of the Central African Republic capital Bangui. (Pacome Pabamdji, AFP)

United Nations peacekeepers in the center of the Central African Republic capital Bangui. (Pacome Pabamdji, AFP)

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Paris - The commander of France's military operation in Central African Republic (CAR) says security has improved considerably in the country, with French authorities studying plans for a troop drawdown.

General Eric Bellot des Minieres was speaking a day before the one-year anniversary of President Francois Hollande's order to deploy hundreds more troops in the impoverished former French colony amid sectarian killings.

Speaking to reporters in Paris on Thursday, Bellot des Minieres said: "We can project that normalisation is underway. The situation remains fragile.”

France has about 2 000 troops in the country, and plans to scale down that presence as a UN peacekeeping mission ramps up from about 7 500 now to a planned 10 000.

Read more on:    francois hollande  |  france  |  central african republic  |  central africa

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