CAR president flays envoys over failed promises

Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- President Ange Felix Patasse has flayed the international community for failing, as he put it, to keep promises made Central African Republic after the country's reconciliation pact brokered in 1998 by the UN.
Patasse, who spoke while receiving members of the diplomatic corps in Bangui after the 28 May abortive coup, nonetheless acknowledged wide international condemnation of the attempt to topple his regime.
Still, he regretted that the international community had not delivered on UN Security Council resolutions concerning assistance for CAR to restructure its military.
Presidential spokesman Prosper Ndouba quoted Patasse as intimating that financial assistance from the international community could also help bail CAR out of its present dire straits including public service arrears of up to 27 months.

27 june 2001 23:26:00

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