Summit decides on CAR’s future

2013-05-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Several decisions on the unfolding political, security and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) were taken at a high-level meeting attended by President Jacob Zuma at the weekend.

Zuma ended his state visit to Congo-Brazzaville after taking part in the first meeting of the International Contact Group on CAR.

He was invited by Congo President Dennis Sassou-Nguessou and accompanied by State Security Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said yesterday that there was “no specific reason” why Cwele was the only minister on the trip.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, who was also supposed to go, could not clear her diary. She was involved in the government’s attempts on Friday to get to the bottom of the Gupta plane-landing saga.

According to Maharaj, Cwele was a member of the delegation of ministers sent to convey the decisions of the recent Chad summit on the CAR to the new political leaders in Bangui.

The Chad meeting demanded that elections be held for an interim president following the March coup.

Maharaj said in a statement that at Friday’s Congo meeting, regional leaders urged the transitional leadership in CAR to restore constitutional order urgently.

“The transitional authority was urged to assure the protection of civilians and their access to humanitarian aid. Public administration should be restored and the defence and security sector must be restructured,” he said.

Zuma assured the meeting that South Africa was ready to lend assistance to help normalise the situation in CAR.

In March, Seleka rebels seized power in a coup, during which 13 South African soldiers were killed in fighting near Bangui. Another soldier, wounded in that battle, died at home last week after being discharged from hospital.

Nicolas Tiangaye, the prime minister of CAR, visited Pretoria last week to cement ties, saying the new government regretted that ousted president Francois Bozizé had conducted relations with SA on a “personal” level. He served under Bozizé and was retained by rebel leader Michel Djotodia, who sent him to make peace following the soldiers’ deaths.

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